Sandy Forks Road Widening Project

Last updated Mar. 07, 2018 - 10:48 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Road Widening Project
  • $9.9 million
  • North
  • Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
  • RK&K (Design Consultant)
  • Carolina Sunrock, LLC (Construction Contractors)

Current Activity

Celebrating Raleigh’s First Street to Receive Greenroads’ Silver Certification

Mark your calendar, the Sandy Forks Road Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, April 10.

The City of Raleigh’s Sandy Forks Road Widening Project has earned Greenroads’ silver certification. Sandy Forks Road is just one of 45 certified Greenroads projecs in the world and is currently Greenroads’ top-ranked and highest-scoring project.

To mark the completion of the project, the City will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the bioretention pond next to The Lakes Drive at 10 a.m.

Mayor Nancy McFarlane is the featured speaker for the ceremony. She will be joined by District A Council Member Richard A. Thompson, Engineering Services Director Richard Kelly, and a staff member from RK&K, the City’s design consultant for the project.

Sandy Forks Road Receives World’s Highest Greenroad Certification Score

The Sandy Forks Road project replaced more than a mile of failing two-lane roadway that was filled with cracks and potholes. In addition to replacing the existing pavement, the project widened the road and added a vegetated median, center turn lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks to promote multi-modal access and improve safety.

Three bioretention systems were constructed to treat stormwater runoff from the new roadway and surrounding areas. A large art installation and educational signage detailing the sustainable features of the roadway are also part of the project. The improvements transformed a simple bypass road to a residential street that welcomes all users.

Other sustainable features of the Sandy Forks Road project include the use of native and adapted plant species and energy-efficient LED lighting.

The City developed a project video that highlights the features of the project and provides details on how bioretention devises work, plus a time lapse video was released that highlights the construction of two bioretention basins on Sandy Forks Road.

Greenroad's Press Release


The objectives of the project are to replace the failing pavement and improve safety and mobility for all users, including motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

The project will include:

  • Replacement of the existing pavement;
  • Widening the roadway;
  • Construction of a center turn-lane;
  • Landscaped median;
  • Additional left-turn lanes;
  • Bicycle lanes; and,
  • Sidewalks.

In addition, reconfiguring the intersection at Sandy Forks Road and Lynn/Spring Forest Road will reduce congestion.

Sustainable features of this project include:

  • Three bioretention areas;
  • Native landscaping;
  • Bike and pedestrian access;
  • Context‐sensitive solutions;
  • Cultural outreach; and,
  • Warm mix asphalt/recycled asphalt.

Sustainability logo

In February 2014 City Council authorized staff to register this project into the Greenroads program. The Greenroads Rating System is a sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction projects. Greenroads was established in 2010 and is a very similar process to the LEED certification program for building projects. Since many of the current plan initiatives for this project are in line with credits associated with the Greenroads rating system, it is believed the Sandy Forks Road project would be a good candidate to consider for the program. Using Sandy Forks Road as a pilot project in the program will provide staff with additional knowledge and familiarity with the latest sustainable transportation design best practices that would benefit the City’s approach to future roadway projects. A copy of the Greenroads presentation can be found under Public Meeting information on the right side of this page.

This project includes three water treatment devices (bioretention areas), including the first public roadway median bioretention area to be installed by the City of Raleigh. Installation of the three bioretention areas will treat stormwater runoff to reduce erosion and increase water quality to the downstream watershed. The project also includes 5' bicycle lanes and 6' sidewalks along both sides of the roadway to provide accommodations for both pedestrians and bicyclists. A landscaping plan will be incorporated into the project and Duke Progress Energy will provide a street lighting plan with the use of LED fixtures to reduce energy costs along the completed corridor.


  • Visualization of Sandy Forks Road
  • Typical Section 1 - 3 Lane Undivided
  • Typical Section 2 - 2 Lane Divided
  • Street Trees and Plantings Template
  • Existing Sandy Forks Road


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
December 5, 2013Corridor Public Meeting (25% Design)
April 10, 2014Design Public Meeting #1 - (65% Design)
May 13, 2014Design Public Meeting #2 - (65% Design)
July 1, 2014 (evening session)Public Hearing at City Council
July 21, 2015Completed Right of Way Acquisition
July 27, 2015Advertised Construction Contract
November 3, 2015 Award Construction Contract
January 8, 2016Notice to Proceed With Construction
January - March 2016Erosion Control, and Clearing
April 2016 - October 2016 Road Widening, Sidewalks and Curb & Gutter
November 2016 - April 2017 Median Construction and Final Paving
June 2017Landscaping
July 2017Project Completion


Sandy Forks Road is classified as a two-lane divided avenue in the City of Raleigh's Comprehensive Transportation Plan and carries an average of 9,000 - 13,000 vehicles per day (estimate). This project design was approved by Council at the September 4, 2012 meeting. The project will improve traffic capacity and congestion, pedestrian connectivity, safety, and provide a multi-modal solution between the residential and retail/business districts at each end of the corridor.

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