Wake County

Tell Raleigh what you think about the new plan for Six Forks Road

Traffic on Six Forks Road between Millbrook Road and and Shelley Road on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C.
Traffic on Six Forks Road between Millbrook Road and and Shelley Road on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. rwillett@newsobserver.com

Residents can share their thoughts on the city’s plan to widen Six Forks Road during a public meeting Thursday.

Raleigh will host a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Baptist Church to review its plans to widen a 2.3-mile stretch of Six Forks from Lynn Road to the Interstate 440 Beltline from four to six lanes.

City leaders have talked about widening the road for years, and it will take the city at least another year to coordinate construction efforts. More than 50,000 vehicles a day use Six Forks, which serves as a major north-south thoroughfare. The road is already six lanes at North Hills, near the Beltline.

City staff want to update residents Thursday on the latest project details. It’s the first public meeting since the City Council, after months of deliberation, decided to adopt a six-lane plan for the road instead of keeping it four lanes.

The City Council recently opted to put a bond referendum on the ballot this fall that aims to raise money for transportation projects. The bond package includes $9.5 million to acquire land along the Six Forks corridor and $20.5 million to build the first phase of the project. The first phase includes Six Forks from the Beltline to Spring Forest Road.

Thursday’s meeting will feature a presentation, and then residents will be divided into groups for question-and-answer sessions with city staffers, said Carter Pettibone, Raleigh’s senior urban designer.

Detailed information about the project will be posted on the city’s website after the meeting.

“This is really the first step in the process that’ll guide the process and construction,” Pettibone said.

In previous public meetings, most people said they wanted the city to widen the road to six lanes, according to Pettibone. The council had considered dedicating lanes for city buses, but that plan was scrapped.

The two-mile radius around the interchange of Six Forks Road and I-440 was home to more than 34,750 people in 2015, according to the city. North Hills, which features stores, restaurants, apartments and office towers, is considered one of Raleigh’s two urban areas.

“It’s been a while since the public’s looked at it,” Pettibone said of the Six Forks plan. “2016 was the last major comment period.”

Trinity Baptist Church is at 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht