Rogers Rd, Forestville Rd and Purnell Rd to Get New Bridges Over Troubled Waters

The N.C. Department of Transportation is scheduled to replace four bridges throughout Wake Forest from 2014-2016. Those bridges are situated along Purnell Road, West Oak Avenue, Rogers Road and Forestville Road.

Construction on the Purnell Road bridge will begin during the fall of this year, while work on the West Oak Avenue bridge will commence in the fall of 2015.

Surveyors were out yesterday staking out the area around the Horse Creek bridge.

Folks on the other side of the Purnell Road, Horse Creek bridge are going to very irritated when the current bridge closes.

Purnell Road Horse Creek Bridge
Purnell Road Horse Creek Bridge

It looks like there will be a big increase in traffic cutting through the Fairlake subdivision as local residents will probably use that as a shortcut when the bridge is closed.

Traffic to look for shortcut to Capital Blvd when Horse Creek Bridge is closed.
Traffic to look for shortcut to Capital Blvd when Horse Creek Bridge is closed.

NCDOT was also scheduled to replace the Rogers Road bridge next year and widen the road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road within the next 10-15 years. Original plans called for the replacement of the Forestville Road bridge in 2016.

In an effort to reduce road closure times and lower construction mobility costs, the Town of Wake Forest requested that NCDOT expedite the Rogers Road widening project to coincide with the bridge replacement project. NCDOT informed the town in March that due to the additional right-of-way acquisition necessary to widen the road it could accommodate the request by swapping the Rogers Road and Forestville Road construction schedules.

Current Forestville Road bridge to be replaced.
Current Forestville Road bridge to be replaced.

According to the revised schedule, NCDOT will replace the existing bridge on Forestville Road in 2015 with a two-lane bridge that includes a sidewalk on the Heritage High School or western side of the structure, as well as a pedestrian underpass to accommodate users wishing to access the Smith Creek and Sanford Creek Greenways.

Area of Rogers Road that will be eventually widened.
Area of Rogers Road that will be eventually widened.

During the Rogers Road bridge replacement and road widening project, now scheduled for 2016, NCDOT will replace the existing two-lane bridge with a five-lane bridge and widen from two to five lanes the portion of Rogers Road from Hope Lutheran Church to Forestville Road. Once completed, the project is expected to improve capacity and safety and relieve the bottlenecks that occur in the area during school rush hours.

The Forestville Road and Rogers Road projects are expected to require road closures and traffic detours lasting approximately five months. Town staff is working with NCDOT, the bridge contractor and a consultant to reduce the impact the schedule changes will have on the community. NCDOT officials will also confer with representatives from Wake County Public Schools to review the schedule changes.

The Town of Wake Forest has launched an interactive map on its website that provides useful information about current and scheduled transportation projects in our area. The map highlights projects that have active construction sites, are in the process of being designed or permitted, and/or are currently funded for future design/construction. To view the interactive map, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/transportationmap.aspx.

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