Sandy Forks Road Widening Project

Last updated Mar. 16, 2017 - 12:18 pm
  • 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

Construction Update, Thursday, March 16, 2017

A new temporary traffic pattern is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 20. Contractors will shift traffic to the outsides of the roadway from Six Forks Road to Falls of Neuse Road, so the crews may start finalizing median work along the corridor.

At the beginning of April, a section of Sandy Forks Road (at the Falls of Neuse Road intersection) will be closed to traffic to accommodate the removal of the existing the roadway in this section and slightly lower the grade, improving sight distance and safety approaching the Fall of Neuse Road intersection. The road closer is expected to last two weeks.

Following completion of the temporary road closure, traffic will reopen in a new configuration between Six Forks Road and Falls of Neuse Road, allowing the contractor to focus on finalizing remaining work along the corridor. The final phase of construction includes the completion of medians along the corridor and the installation of two additional bioretention stormwater treatment facilities. One facility is located in the median just west of The Lakes Drive intersection, while the final bioretention facility at the SE corner of The Lakes Drive will be converted from a sediment basin into a bioretention facility once all upstream areas are stabilized.

From this point moving forward, crews are likely to work during weekend hours to ensure the timely completion of work. In late May the contractor is scheduled to prepare for final paving operations along the entire corridor, and construction is scheduled to be complete by July 1, 2017.

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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
  • 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 & pedestrian access
  • Context‐sensitive solutions
  • Cultural outreach
  • 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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