A concept drawing of what a section of Six Forks Rd will look like when the project is complete

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Six Forks Road Improvements

Improving mobility and connectivity for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic

This project will create a safe and comfortable corridor for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic between Rowan Street and Lynn Road. We call this a Complete Street. 

What are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets accommodate all types of transportation, allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, vehicles, commercial and emergency vehicles to safely navigating City streets.

Project Details

 
Type:
Streets
Budget:
$ 57.5 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
RK&K (Design Consultant)

Contact

 

Lee Mai
Project Manager

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Lead Department:
Engineering Services
Participating Department:
Engineering ServicesTransportation
Service Unit:
Roadway Design and Construction

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Design

The design team is working on the final design plans for the project and the City's real estate team is starting to reach out to property owners along the corridor. 

City staff attended a Mid-Town Alliance meeting in Aug, where they gave an update on the progress of the project and talked with people about some of their concerns. Staff also attended a townhall style meeting held on August 11, where our team provided a project update and answered questions. Visit our Six Forks Road - Public Engagement page to learn of other activities we have conducted and attended during the design phase.

Design Updates

Due to the economy and rising real estate prices the project has a funding gap, to help close the gap the City is applying for a federal grant. There is an expected delay in the project schedule as the grant process proceeds.

Design Features

Our team is utilizing design features for the Six Forks Road corridor that accommodate all types of transportation, allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, vehicles, commercial and emergency vehicles to safely utilize the roadway. 

Safety Features

  • Protected intersections - They create corner “islands” setbacks for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians, separating all three modes of traffic up to the intersection. This creates, shorter, simpler crossings, and better visibility resulting in a safer intersection for all users. 
  • Separated bike lanes - The bike lanes along the corridor are designed behind the curb with a grass buffer between the cyclist and the vehicular traffic. 
  • Separated sidewalks - The sidewalks are dedicated pedestrian ways separated from both the cycling and vehicular traffic.  
  • Raised Medians - Raised medians separate opposing lanes of traffic and restrict left-hand turns. Left-hand turns are one of the most common causes for collisions. Medians also help with pedestrian crossings, and slow motor vehicle speeds. 
  • Lane widths - Currently lane widths are variable along this section of Six Forks Road. Our design creates a consistent lane width through the corridor. The lane widths are also designed to keep vehicular speeds lower.
  • Speed limit - We are reducing the speed limit.

Design Update Videos 

We have produced a series of videos to help keep people up to date on the progress of the project.

Phase Contacts

 

Lee Mai
Project Manager
 

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Right of Way Acquisition

The real estate team is reaching out to property owners along the corridor.

Sarah Beth and Dustin are the City’s Real Estate Analysts assigned to acquire property rights needed for the Six Forks Road Project. They are currently reaching out to each affected property owner along the corridor to begin the easement acquisition process. This process will include staking of the easements on the property, site visits with the project team and affected property owner if needed as well as an offer of compensation for the easements needed from the property.

 

Sarah Beth Gentry - Sr. Real Estate Analyst 

Dustin Kornegay - Real Estate Analyst 

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Visit Our Public Engagement Page!

 To view:

  • Public meeting materials;
  • Recording of virtual public meetings;
  • Surveys and comments received; and,
  • FAQs from questions and comments received during public comment periods. 

 

Meet the Team

Lee Mai - Project Manager 
Lee manages all aspects of the project's design process and will also oversee construction activity. 

RK&K - Design Consultant 
The design consultant works with the project manager to develop the project's design. 

Sarah Beth Gentry - Sr. Real Estate Analyst 

Dustin Kornegay - Real Estate Analyst 

Sarah Beth and Dustin are the City’s Real Estate Analysts assigned to acquire property rights needed for the Six Forks Road Project. Once final easement exhibit maps detailing the easement needs on the properties have been developed, they will reach out to each affected property owner along the corridor to begin the easement acquisition process. This process will include staking of the easements on the property, site visits with the project team and affected property owner if needed as well as an offer of compensation for the easements needed from the property.

Project Schedule

Activity Date
Pre-construction Public Touchpoint Oct. 2020
Design Public Touchpoint Early Fall 2021
Right of Way Acquisition Starts Fall 2022
Advertise For Construction Bids Pending
Start Construction Pending

Proposed Design Renderings

These renderings give an idea of what Six Forks Road will look like once the project is competed. 

This is the proposed design for the protected intersection at the intersection of Six Forks Road and Sandy Forks Road. 

This is rendering of the proposed design near Carrol Middle School.

This is a rendering of the proposed bike lane design along Six Forks Road.

The proposed typical section for Six Forks Road.

The project is between Rowan Street and Lynn Road.

Project information videos

View these videos to learn more about the planning process and scope of the Six Forks Road Project. 

Public Art

This project will include public art. Carrie Gault, the public artist selected for this project, will work the community to create art that represents the area and the people that live, work, and play along Six Forks Road. 

Carrie is gathering inspiration and learning about the Six Forks Road community. Visit the PublicInput project page to view community comments, find out about upcoming stakeholder meetings, and share input and stories about the neighborhood.

To learn more about the artist and her work visit the Six Forks Road Public Art Project page.

City Council Activity

On July 5th, 2022, City Council approved condemnation authorization for the affected properties along this project.

What does that mean?

It is our first step in the real estate process. Next, our real estate department will contact property owners regarding the real estate negotiation process. Finally, staff will work with property owners based on the construction plans and discuss compensation for any right-of-way and easements needed.

What it does NOT mean!

We will not be "taking" your land. Instead, our real estate team will work with you to determine a fair market value of your property.

Understanding Condemnation

Suppose the City and the property owner cannot agree on a price for your property by a specified date. In that case, we do have the right to use the land needed for construction, and negotiations will resume after construction. For the Six Forks Road Improvement Project, the date we have set to file for condemnation is May 3, 2024.

History

People walking on Six Forks Road

Many of the improvements for Six Forks Road were identified during the City's Six Forks Corridor Study, which City Council adopted in 2018. The section between Rowan Street and Lynn Road is the first phase as we work to implement this plan. 

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