Parking Restricted in Downtown As Street Improvements Start

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Be prepared for some major changes to Downtown Wake Forest starting this week. It is all part of a major overhaul of the central business district that started in 2009.

J.W. Grand will be removing sections of sidewalk beginning this week. Affected areas will include Elm Avenue to Owen Avenue on the east side near SunTrust Bank. Light poles will be removed as needed. Pedestrian access to the sidewalk will be limited in this block, however business access will be maintained at all times. Parallel parking was closed on the Elm to Owen east side section starting on Tuesday, April 10.

In addition, the Town will be installing a new underground electric line from Wake Forest Brewery to Owen Avenue extension starting on Monday, April 9. They will also be installing a transformer pad near the stairs at Owen Avenue extension. The two parking spaces near the stairs of the old Over the Falls Deli location now Frankie C’s Pizzeria and Deli will no longer be available.

Installation of the new waterline will begin on Monday, April 16. A traffic lane shift to the west side of White Street will be needed in order for the crews to install the line outside of the travel lanes. Parallel parking will be closed on both sides of White Street from Elm to Owen then Owen to Jones Ave during this time in order to accommodate the waterline work. Water services will not be interrupted unless there is an emergency. The new line will be connected into the existing line during off hours to decrease the amount of impact.

Additional free parking is available on Owen Avenue, Jones Avenue, to the rear of the building frontages, Brooks Avenue, Town Hall Campus, and Taylor Street. Cars that are illegally parked in the active construction work zone in spaces that have been coned off or signed no parking may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Please use caution in or around the active work zone, obey flaggers, traffic devices, and sidewalk closures.

For more information, contact Assistant Town Engineer Holly Miller at (919) 435-9443 or

For regular updates concerning the South White Streetscape Project, visit

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