Rogers Road Bridge in Wake Forest reopens to traffic
Posted November 8, 2016
Updated November 9, 2016
Wake Forest, N.C. — After being closed since June for a bridge replacement project, Rogers Road, near Franklin Street, in Wake Forest opened Tuesday night.
The crossing has been closed since the middle of June. when Blythe Construction Inc. worked to replace a two-lane bridge and a five-lane bridge.
For four months, drivers have had to take a 5-mile detour without the bridge.
“Even you if you had to go right down the street, you had to go all the way around,” driver Jonda Berggren said. “A nightmare for everybody.”
This bridge is making Wake Forest drivers happy, but in Rolesville, the road is still causing issues.
Less than 2 miles from the bridge replacement project. Hurricane Matthew washed out a chunk of Rogers Road near Hobblebush Way in Rolesville.
Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said at first he heard that repairs would take several weeks.
“That's when I called the Governor's Office. The deputy secretary of (the state Department of Transportation) got involved, and they understand this is a great economic connector for both towns. Businesses on both sides are hurting,” said Eagles said.
Eagles is hopeful this section of the road will reopen soon, possibly next week. The reopening would be positive for businesses and drivers, who are eager to use Rogers Road in its entirety again.
The Town of Wake Forest is celebrating the Rogers Road Bridge reopening with a family-friendly party in the parking lot of the Heritage Point Shoppes this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.