Old Wake Forest Road and Dixie Forest Road Widening Project
- Street Improvement Project
- $13 Million
- Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
- Wetherill Engineering, INC.
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;
- Landscaping; and,
- New railroad bridge.
|March 8, 2018||Preliminary Plans Public Meeting (25% plan)|
|Nov. 2018||City Council Presentation|
|Oct. 2019||Design Plan Public Meeting (65% Plan)|
|Fall 2019||City Council Presentation|
|Late Spring 2020||Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition|
|Late Spring 2020||Advertise for Construction Contract|
|Summer 2020||Award Construction Contract|
|Late Fall 2022||Project Completion|
The Old Wake Forest Road Widening Project was partially funded by the 2013 Transportation Bond referendum.