Lake Wheeler Road Pedestrian and Turn Lane Improvements
This project is being led by: Street and Sidewalk Design Construction
Engineer: City of Raleigh Design/Construction Division
Contractor: Barnhill Contracting, Inc.
Construction is in the final stages. Traffic control has been mostly removed and the new sidewalk and asphalt path are open to the public for use. The intersection improvements at Sierra Drive and Carolina Pines Avenue are completed, adding left turn lanes and high visibility crosswalks. The contractor is currently working on the final pavement striping, permanent roadway signage, and will complete final punch list items by early December to close out the project.
History and Background
Lake Wheeler Road is a major thoroughfare in Raleigh carrying 19,000 vehicles per day. Lake Wheeler Road exists as a two-lane roadway within a varying 60' to 80' right-of-way. By the 2035 traffic along Lake Wheeler near I-40 is forecasted to increase 40% to 26,605 vehicles per day.
Temporary improvements to the corridor were endorsed by City Council at its October 19, 2010 meeting.
The project was approved for federal funds administered by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) through Surface Transportation Program - Direct Attributable (STP-DA) allocations.
A municipal agreement was approved by the City Council on September 6, 2011.
First design public meeting was held on March 28, 2012, where comments were received from area citizens and adjoining property owners.
Second design public meeting was held on April 18, 2012, to address comments received from the first public meeting and to provide the latest design drawings for review.
A public hearing was held during the May 1 City Council meeting after which time the project was referred to the Public Works Committee for additional discussion.
During its May 8 meeting, the Public Works Committee voted to recommend that City Council approve the proposed improvements.
The project was approved by the City Council at its May 14 meeting.
Proposed Pedestrian Improvements From Raleigh Oaks Shopping Center to Centennial Parkway
- Install 5' wide pedestrian accommodations along corridor
- 5' asphalt path in shoulder/swale areas
- 5' concrete sidewalk in curb and gutter areas
Proposed Intersection Improvements at Sierra Drive and Carolina Pines Avenue
- (2) 13' travel lanes (setup for future shared bicycle lanes)
- (1) 11' center left turn lane
- Shoulder/swale section with asphalt path behind swale
- Curb and gutter section in tight corridors with 6' concrete sidewalk directly behind back of curb
Goals and Objectives
Improve pedestrian accommodations and safety along the corridor
- Addition of 5' wide asphalt path or concrete sidewalk along the west side of road
- Provide ADA compliant pedestrian crossings at key intersections
Reduce traffic congestion and vehicle conflict points along corridor
- Addition of left turn lanes at Sierra Drive
- Addition of left turn lane at Carolina Pines Avenue
- Left turn lanes reduce rear end collisions and provide left turning traffic into the adjoining neighborhoods a "safe haven" while allowing through traffic to continue through the intersection without delay due to left turning traffic
- Will assist in reducing bottlenecks along the corridor, especially during AM and PM peak traffic, improving safety to both motorists and pedestrians by increasing traffic gaps and improving sight distance at intersections
|Council Public Hearing||May 1, 2012|
|Public Works Committee Meeting||May 8, 2012|
|City Council Meeting||May 14, 2012|
|Right-of-Way Acquisition||Spring / Summer 2012|
|100% Plans Complete||October 2012|
|Contract Award||December 2012|
|Complete Construction||November 2013|
The awarded cost of construction for this project was $576,000 and will consist of 80% Federal STP-DA Funds and 20% City of Raleigh Capital Improvement Program funds.