Sandy Forks Road Widening Project
- Road Widening Project
- $9.9 million
- Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
- RK&K (Design Consultant)
- Carolina Sunrock, LLC (Construction Contractors)
Sandy Forks Road Receives World’s Highest Greenroad Certification Score
The City of Raleigh’s Sandy Forks Road Widening Project has earned Greenroads’ silver certification. Sandy Forks Road is just one of the 45 Greenroads project certified in the world and is currently Greenroads’ top-ranked and highest scoring project.
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 road was widened and a vegetated median, center turn lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks were added 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.
The City of Raleigh is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony later this year. Additional details will be announced.
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,
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; and,
- Warm mix asphalt/recycled asphalt.
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.
@RaleighGov for officially registering the 50th #Greenroads Project: Sandy Forks Road! @raleighncbuzz— Greenroads (@Greenroads) February 20, 2014
|December 5, 2013||Corridor Public Meeting (25% Design)|
|April 10, 2014||Design Public Meeting #1 - (65% Design)|
|May 13, 2014||Design Public Meeting #2 - (65% Design)|
|July 1, 2014 (evening session)||Public Hearing at City Council|
|July 21, 2015||Completed Right of Way Acquisition|
|July 27, 2015||Advertised Construction Contract|
|November 3, 2015||Award Construction Contract|
|January 8, 2016||Notice to Proceed With Construction|
|January - March 2016||Erosion Control, and Clearing|
|April 2016 - October 2016||Road Widening, Sidewalks and Curb & Gutter|
|November 2016 - April 2017||Median Construction and Final Paving|
|July 2017||Project 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.