Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Widening Project

Last updated Aug. 15, 2019 - 3:00 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Street Improvement Project
  • $13 Million
  • Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
  • Wetherill Engineering, INC.

Current Activity

Updated Aug. 15

The original Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road widening project design was originally presented to the public on March 8, 2018. This design was then presented to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC), who showed concern with the on-road bike lanes in an area with significant traffic and a 45 mile per hour speed limit. After consulting with the Bicyle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Raleigh City Council, a new design was proposed for the corridor.

The improved design removes the five-foot-wide bicycle lanes from the roadway and widens the Multi Use Path (MUP) and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway. This new design will give cyclists and pedestrians, as well as vehicles, a safer user experience and will reduce the overall impacts of the project. The new design will be presented at the second public meeting scheduled in October.

The process of developing the new design alternatives, getting the proposed design approved by council, and redeveloping the design drawings has delayed the overall project schedule. The updated schedule can be found below.


The proposed improvements consist of widening Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road between Capital Boulevard and Spring Forest Road. (US1). Roadway improvements will include:

  • Curb and gutter;
  • Sidewalks on both sides of the roadway;
  • Streetlights;
  • Landscaping; and,
  • New railroad bridge.


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
March 8, 2018Preliminary Plans Public Meeting (25% plan)
Nov. 2018City Council Presentation
Oct. 2019Design Plan Public Meeting (65% Plan)
Fall 2019City Council Presentation
Late Spring 2020Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Late Spring 2020Advertise for Construction Contract
Summer 2020Award Construction Contract
Late Fall 2022Project Completion


The Old Wake Forest Road Widening Project was partially funded by the 2013 Transportation Bond referendum.

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