Lake Wheeler Road Culvert Replacement

Last updated Apr. 18, 2019 - 8:58 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Stormwater Pipe Replacement
  • $326,015
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • WK Dickson, Inc. (Design)
  • Carolina Civilworks, Inc. (Construction)

Current Activity

Posted Thursday, April 18

Lake Wheeler Road is closed for construction while we repair a sinkhole and replace the stormwater pipe that runs underneath the road (between Maywood Avenue and Centennial Parkway). The road will be closed for eight to 12 weeks. During this time, the contractor will:

  • Prepare the worksite for major construction; 
  • Demo the old pipe; 
  • Install the new pipe. This will be done in three 40-foot segments, which reduces installation time; and, 
  • Rebuild the road before it's reopened. 

Please follow this detour:  

  • Northeast-bound traffic will be routed to Centennial Parkway toward Avent Ferry Road and Western Boulevard; and,
  • Southwest-bound traffic will be routed to Western Boulevard to Avent Ferry Road to Centennial Parkway and then to Lake Wheeler Road. 

This detour provides one consistent and safe traffic pattern throughout the project instead of switching from partial lane to full road closures at different stages of the project.
The detour was also chosen to ensure that alternate roads can handle increased traffic making it safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bikers. 

Businesses on Maywood Avenue are open. You can access the Farmer's Market by using this detour or from either direction on 1-40. 

Questions? Contact Veronica High, PE, at 919-996-4018.


During an inspection in November 2018, we noticed that the 70-year-old stormwater pipe under Lake Wheeler Road was beginning to fail causing a sinkhole at the intersection. Initially, we planned to repair the pipe. Now it will be replaced (planning for the replacement adjusted the construction timeframe). The pipe size will stay the same, but will be made out of aluminum, which is more resistant to corrosion.


Lake Wheeler Culvert Sinkhole


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2018Project design started
Late Fall 2018Project design complete
Early Spring 2019Open house held
Spring/Summer 2019Construction phase complete


This stormwater pipe was initially repaired eight years ago. The upcoming project will provide a more permanent solution.

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