Avent Ferry Road widening from N.C. 55 to Ralph Stephens Road took another step forward as the Holly Springs Town Council approved a project budget and awarded construction and engineering contracts at the July 21 meeting. The roadwork is expected to begin later this year.
Work includes installing a continuous green T-intersection to allow vehicles to travel continuously from N.C. 55 toward Ralph Stephens Road without stopping at the shopping center signal. This will allow vehicles to turn left out of the shopping center into a dedicated travel lane on Avent Ferry Road without disrupting the flow of traffic.
The work also involves installation of curb and gutter, sidewalks, crosswalks, concrete and landscape medians, storm drainage, utility relocations, pavement markings, erosion control measures, and more. Construction is expected to last about a year. Click here for more information about this project, as well as the future planned widening of Avent Ferry Road from Ralph Stephens to Cass Holt Road.
Also at the meeting, the town thanked Shook Construction for volunteering staff time and resources to complete the section of Bass Lake Trail damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The four-day project included removing debris, completing minor grading work, laying new fabric and spreading mulch, and furnishing and installing two benches along the trail.
The council approved funding to purchase two water fountains to be installed along town greenways at Bass Lake and Jones Park. The funds for the project were previously donated by the Holly Springs Half Marathon. The ADA accessible fountains include a water bottle refill station and a pet bowl.
Also at the meeting:
- The 100th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters was recognized with a proclamation.
- The council held a public hearing to receive comments about a proposed refinancing of an existing loan that paid for the acquisition, construction and financing of the W.E. Hunt Recreation Center. The anticipated estimated savings is up to $500,000.