Lake Dam Road Bridge Replacement

Last updated Jan. 16, 2019 - 12:53 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Bridge Replacement
  • About $2 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Dewberry Engineers, Inc. (Design)
  • S.T. Wooten Corporation (Construction)
  • SEPI Engineering and Construction, Inc.
  • Transportation Planning

Current Activity

Posted Wednesday, Jan. 16

A pre-construction meeting was held on Nov. 15. Since then, the contractor has been preparing for major construction. Active work will start this month.

Before work on the bridge begins, the contractor will:

  • Relocate water and gas mains across Walnut Creek on the north side of the bridge;
  • Order supplies for the project;
  • Install fencing to protect the stream during construction; and,
  • Submit documents for City approval.

Lake Johnson will be lowered by 4-5 feet until late February while work is done in the stream. This will reduce impacts and delays from heavy rain storms while crews are relocating water/gas pipes.

We are working as quickly and diligently as possible. Thank you for your patience. Learn more about the construction schedule at an upcoming open house on Jan. 22. 

Questions? Contact Gilles Bellot, PE, at 919-996-4001.


The 53-year-old bridge on Lake Dam Road is located over Walnut Creek just below the Lake Johnson dam. The purpose of this project is to replace the failing bridge structure so that it is safe to travel over.

Raleigh City Council approved the construction bid for this project on May 15. It was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corporation. SEPI Engineering and Construction, Inc., also will be handling inspections and materials testing for this project.

Construction documents were approved on Sept. 19 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the construction contract with S.T. Wooten was finalized.

This is a joint project with NCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.


Lake Dam Road


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2017Easement acquisition and permitting process complete
Spring 2018Project design and construction bid complete
Fall 2018Project construction begins (Active construction work to start in January)
Fall 2019Project construction complete


This bridge was built in 1966. Over the years, the condition of the bridge declined making it unsafe to travel. The new bridge will address issues with the bridge structure while meeting current design standards. Lake Dam Road will reopen once the bridge is repaired.

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