Hurricane Matthew washed out a portion of Rogers Road, but crews are still on schedule to replace the road’s bridge on time.
Heavy rains did not significantly damage the Rogers Road bridge work site, according to the state Department of Transportation.
DOT plans to open several lanes on the bridge Nov. 8 and continue widening until all lanes are complete, said Candace Davis, Wake Forest’s transportation planning manager.
Work began in late June to widen the Rogers Road bridge from two to five lanes. Crews will also widen a portion of the road between Hope Lutheran Church and Forestville road.
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Officials hope the changes will keep traffic moving and prevent bottlenecks that often occur in the area, which is heavily used by drivers traveling between Wake Forset and Rolesville. Detours are in place while the project is underway.
While the bridge site did not sustain storm damage, a stretch of Rogers Road between Heritage Gates Drive and Hobblebush Waykeep washed out.
After pictures of children and adults standing in the debris surfaced on social media, Wake Forest officials issued a warning Monday urging residents to keep a safe distance from the section.
One photo, posted in a Facebook group, showed as many as 10 children playing in the rubble, said town spokesman Bill Crabtree.
“After we saw the pictures, we felt it was necessary to send out a warning for people’s safety,” he said.
Wake Forest police are patrolling the area, and DOT officials hope to repair and reopen the section within six weeks.
The bridge replacement is part of DOT’s state-funded bridge improvement program, which is investing $810 million over four years to preserve and fix bridges.
The new Rogers Road bridge will include space for a greenway to pass underneath. It will run along Smith Creek and connect Heritage Middle School to the existing greenway past the bridge.
Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; @madisoniszler