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Lake Wheeler Road Pedestrian and Turn Lane Improvements

Last updated Apr. 04, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Pedestrian and Turn Lane Improvements
  • $576,000 consisting of 80% Federal STP-DA Funds and 20% City of Raleigh Capital Improvement Program funds.
  • Street and Sidewalk Design Construction (Lead)
  • Barnhill Contracting, Inc. (Construction Contractor)

Current Activity

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.

Summary

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

Images

Sierra Drive Intersection Improvements
Sierra Drive Intersection Improvements
 
Carolina Pines Avenue Intersection Improvements
Carolina Pines Avenue Intersection Improvements
 
High Visibility Crosswalk to Carolina Pines Park
High Visibility Crosswalk to Carolina Pines Park
 
New asphalt path along Lake Wheeler Road
New asphalt path along Lake Wheeler Road
 

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
May 1, 2012Council Public Hearing
May 8, 2012Public Works Committee Meeting
May 14, 2012City Council Meeting
Spring / Summer 2012Right-of-Way Acquisition
October 2012100% Plans Complete
December 2012Contract Award
November 2013Complete Construction

History

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.

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