North Carolina Eminent Domain Lawyers

Smith and Sanford Creek Greenway Project (Wake Forest)

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # C-5164
Project Type:
New Sidewalk and Greenway Construction
Affected Counties:
Estimated Cost:


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and Town of Wake Forest plan to build 2.4 miles of greenway trail and 1.25 miles of sidewalk to connect the major activity centers of Wake Forest.

The 10-foot wide greenway path will begin at the current southern end of the Smith Creek Greenway (at the Soccer Center) and then run alongside Smith Creek.

It will cross over Rogers Rd and then follow along Sanford Creek, after the creeks intersect. The greenway will travel through the area around Heritage High School and end in the Heritage South neighborhood.

Sidewalks and biking trails will be constructed along Rogers Rd, between S Franklin St and Heritage Lake Rd. And additional sidewalks and biking trails are planned for Heritage Lake Rd, between Rogers Rd and Heritage Heights Lane.

The greenways and sidewalks will all be in the surrounding areas of the Heritage Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.

The Town of Wake Forest proposed the greenways and sidewalks as a way to increase pedestrian traffic and decrease less eco-friendly modes of transportation.



  • 2012: NCDOT authorized grant funding
  • 2013: Environmental permitting, greenway design, and public outreach meetings
  • 2014: Right of way property takings
  • 2014: Construction begins
  • 2015: Project completion, ready for pedestrian use

Property Takings

Property takings are currently underway. The NCDOT has budgeted $438,000 for these takings thus far.

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