Widening Work Begins Monday Night on Wake Forest Road

Posted February 4, 2008

— Raleigh drivers should brace themselves for a traffic headache. Starting Monday night, the state Department of Transportation will begin widening a half-mile stretch of Wake Forest Road near the Interstate 440 Beltline.

Work will include adding a lane in each direction of Wake Forest Road between Six Forks Road and the Beltline, as well as adding new signals, signs and roadway lighting at the Beltline and widening the highway entrance ramps.

The Wake Forest Road interchange usually ranks as one of the most accident-prone intersections in Raleigh.

All work will be done between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., but lanes also might be closed on some weekends, officials said. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes during the project.

The $3.1 million road project, which was awarded to Rea Contracting LLC of Charlotte, is expected to be completed by November.


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    how come it seems like everytime you drive by some road construction all the men are standing around, looking around while traffic backs up and one poor little person is doing all the work while the rest are just smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee.... are they paid by the working minute or what...

  • chaz_1277 Feb 4, 2008

    I'm glad they are doing that because that portion of WF road was very congested and something needed to be done. I think it will take until November because they are limiting themselves to hours where they will cause the least amount of rush hour headaches. Also they will have widen the road and remove and replace sidewalks to accomodate the wider lanes. I'm happy to see this improvement because I have to travel that stretch a lot and it is horrible!

  • ncwebguy Feb 4, 2008

    So instead of buses, trains, etc. we should just widen the roads.... but widening less than two miles of a road takes almost a year.

    How long would it take to widen *all* the roads that "need" to be widened? To say nothing about costs.

  • fyiarp Feb 4, 2008

    Yes, adding more lanes will make it less confusing and accident-prone. Please make the lanes smaller too, I have an inch too much room on one side when driving down that road.

  • Redneck_Bob Feb 4, 2008

    I see the workers sitting off to the side, eating, laying under trees... They can't sit under the trees, they have been spending the past three months cutting them down with a butter knife. I am also surprised that they did not just paint another lane on the road like they did when they widened Wake Forest Rd north of the beltline?

  • Heel from Hell Feb 4, 2008

    Maybe widening will make it a better option for folks traveling south.

    Last year I was helping a friend move and drove the 25 foot rental truck down Wake Forest...let's just say I was "puckered". There's plenty room for 2 lanes, but 3 is stretching it (in it's current configuration). Merging on to the Beltline is a nightmare (even if you know what "Inner" and "Outer" mean).

    I'll believe the completion date when I drive on the finished road.

  • saltygirl2 Feb 4, 2008

    That road is scary... the lanes are so narrow as it is now. It will take until November, I see the workers sitting off to the side, eating, laying under trees...

  • dberwyn Feb 4, 2008

    Work is expected to be completed in NOVEMBER???? It takes 11 months to build two lanes of highway a 1.4 mile long? And that's not counting the months of prep work they have been doing? This is a scandal before it starts, unless Erin got her info wrong?

  • Scubagirl Feb 4, 2008

    hopefully they'll do it right the FIRST time.