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Sandy Forks Road in Raleigh to get upgrade

Posted July 17, 2014

— Sandy Forks Road, a cut-through between Six Forks and Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh, was built in the 1970s with a lot less pavement than crews would use today.

Drivers say the road is a mess, but officials with the City of Raleigh say a new road is on the way.

“This road has a lot of potholes, alligator-cracking in the pavement,” said Chris Johnson, manager of the city’s Design/Construction Division.

The City Council in 2012 approved a plan to redesign the road, and council members approved a final design Tuesday.

“It’s going to become less of a cut-through to more of a residential-style road.” Johnson said.

The reconstruction will include a raised median that will separate two lanes of traffic to increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. The design will also widen the road with curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and striped bicycle lanes along both sides.

“It’s a nice walkable community so we’ll have a lot of areas where people can cross the street more safely,” Johnson said.

The new Sandy Forks will also be Raleigh’s first certified “Greenroad,” full of environmentally friendly features such as stormwater retention built into the median, a landscaping plan and LED street lighting.

The city staff’s goal is to use the experience gained through the Greenroads program to better promote sustainable infrastructure design solutions on future transportation projects.

North Raleigh resident Katie Bell said the current ride is rough and something people complain about. She said she’s looking forward to the reconstruction.

“I work in real estate, so I’ll hold the final judgment until I see the finished product," Bell said. "But I’ll be glad when it’s done,” Bell said.


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  • onlymytwocents Jul 18, 2014

    I notice the article doesn't mention a time frame for the improvements. I'm glad they're finally thinking about fixing this road but I'm not holding my breath.

  • curiousgeorgia Jul 18, 2014

    Right on, Proudgrandmomma!

  • acsmith4 Jul 18, 2014

    I've been waiting for a couple of years to read this article! FINALLY!

  • sinenomine Jul 18, 2014

    I drive this stretch regularly and it is terrible. The pavement will shake the fillings out of your back teeth and the lane markings, faded at best, disappear when it rains. I believe that in many traffic accidents along this road the City of Raleigh is in effect partly to blame for its inept, deplorable, and I think inexcusable neglect.

    It is way past time that the deficiencies with this road be addressed. It borders on criminal that they have not been before. I am very glad that the new road will be a Greenroad, or whatever the term is, but make no mistake - no one in the city government is entitled to credit for today doing the duty which has been theirs for years and which they have to this point ignored.

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Jul 18, 2014
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    It's about time; this road is a mess, and there's no way to safely walk or bike as there are no shoulders at all. It's the bumpiest pavement of any road I drive on regularly.

  • allenmga Jul 18, 2014

    Are they leveling the apartments along that stretch? That would be an improvement.

  • proudgrandmomma Jul 18, 2014

    About time! You see stories all the time about helping the hipsters and coffe shop skateborders in precious downtown Raleigh, with street "festival" and whatnot and nobody pays attention to the regular people who live in North "Wake County"!!!!!!!!!