Fred Smith company continued installing erosion control and began performing clearing and grubbing. Erosion control items included, but were not limited to, tree protection fence, check dams, silt fence, and silt fence outlets. Fred Smith company has also begun the early stages of grading, beginning with the removal of old sidewalk to be replaced from Dublin Woods to the Reedy Creek School entrance. The next step for Fred Smith Company is to begin storm drainage installation and pavement wedging. Fred Smith Company is utilizing Razorback, a subcontractor to aid in locating waterlines to prevent damage during construction.
Cary recognizes the value of trees and the importance of well-established trees within the community. Committed to preserving trees when possible, staff consulted an arborist to evaluate the site and suggest best practices for mitigating the impact to trees. Although the project’s initial design would have eliminated four large trees, two champion trees were successfully saved. To preserve as many well-established trees as possible at the intersection of Reedy Creek Road and Indigo Dr., the path of the road was modified to accommodate two of the four trees. Shifting the alignment placed the trees beyond the right-of-way so they could be preserved. An alternative design option to preserve all four trees proved impractical as it would have meant removing a home on the opposite side of Reedy Creek Road.
Also, Dominion Energy has been onsite relocating the gas main where it has potential conflicts with future storm drainage.
Notice to proceed was given to the contractor, Fred Smith Company, on June 1, 2020. There was a site meeting with the Fred Smith Company, Town of Cary and Summit on the Reedy Creek Road widening project. As a group we walked the project starting from Maynard Rd to Harrison Ave and back to Maynard Rd checking for trees that could be saved by putting a ribbon on them. While walking it appeared that the stakes had been moved so we asked FSC to restake the project to make sure we don't clear or disturb too much. FSC's surveying crew worked to restake the project. FSC also installed the changeable message boards, construction signs, message board and had port-o-johns delivered. Fred Smith Company started erosion control on the West side of Reedy Creek Road starting from Harrison working towards Maynard. The erosion control items installed were tree protection fence, silt fence, and silt fence outlets.
- The private utility companies are finalizing their utility relocations that can be completed prior to construction. Some areas will need additional utility relocations as the roadway contractor begins their work.
- The contractor, Fred Smith Company, will begin construction in June 2020. The first steps for the contractor are as follows…
- Clearing – this will help utility companies to complete their relocations on the project.
- Erosion control Installation– Silt fence, check dams, tree protection fence, etc.
- Handicap ramp installations at the intersections with Harrison Avenue and Maynard Road at each end of the project – This is work does not require deep excavation and will improve safety for pedestrian traffic.
- School entrance widening and school sign relocation – As we all know there is no school in session at this point, resulting in a lot less traffic. Beginning the work related to the school entrance now will have less impact to the school and overall traveling public.
- Asphalt wedging throughout the project – With the current reduction in traffic we can efficiently complete this work with less impact to the traveling public.
Clearing & Erosion Control
The contractor will perform the remainder of the clearing and establish erosion control measures.
Widening Reedy Creek Road
The contractor will widen Reedy Creek Road including grading, paving, curb and gutters, and sidewalk.
Roundabouts and Islands
The contractor will construct the roundabouts and center islands while traffic is shifted to the outside lanes.
Final Surface and Pavement Markings
The contractor will place the final surface of asphalt pavement and install all pavement markings.
What to Expect During Construction
- Please observe all signs and flagger's directions.
- Please watch for lane closures and traffic shifts.
- Every effort will be made to keep open access to your driveway at all time; should trucks temporarily be in the way, please speak with a crew member.
- Please do not park within the work zone while the project is underway.
- Drive slowly (5 miles per hour) if you accidentally enter a freshly paved area.
- Please keep all yard debris out of the street/curb.
- Keep children and pets out of work zone areas.
- Please watch for personnel as they try to complete the project as swiftly and safely as possible.