The Town Council here voted to approve the use of leftover bond funds to pay for a signal installed at the intersection of White Oak and Hebron Church Road.
The signal was installed earlier this summer before South Garner High School opened, as part of a condition the council set for the Wake County Public School System in order to get a conditional use permit approved for Bryan Road Elementary School. The elementary school is expected to cause increased traffic to those roads earlier than they had originally expected.
The school is expected to open its doors in 2018.
Garner Town Council members and representatives from the school system had trouble reaching an agreement on a special use permit to build Bryan Road Elementary School. The Town Council wanted school officials to pave the road where the school site would be. Bryan Road was a gravel road. But school officials said they didn’t have the money to do so.
After a couple of months of tough negotiations that went back and forth, the two entities finally reached an agreement. The school district agreed to find the funding to pay for the road work, and the council decided to allow the school district to build Bryan Road without having to install curbs and gutters.
The move to allow the school district to build without curb and gutter was unprecedented, but it would ultimately allow the district to save some money.
The town and the school district also agreed to equally share the costs of a new signal.
This summer the school district received a grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation to pay for the road improvements. Approving Bryan Road Elementary was critical for both parties, because the new elementary school is expected to be used as a swing space for Vandora Springs Elementary School students, while their school undergoes much-needed renovations.
If it had taken any longer, the project would have been delayed and Vandora Springs might not have gotten its renovations.
The signal cost $115,248. As part of the agreement, the Town of Garner will pay $57,624.
The town will use the remaining balance from the Vandora Springs Roundabout project and some funds from the Highway 70 and White Oak project.
While constructing South Garner High School, the Wake County Public School System realigned the intersections of Ackerman Road, White Oak Road and Hebron Church Road and installed the signal.