Timber Drive Extension in Garner

The Timber Drive Extension in Garner will open a whole new level of convenience for are residents offering quicker access to White Oak Shopping Center. Here’s the latest update regarding the coming transportation improvement project:

NC Department of Transportation Will Begin Construction of the Timber Drive Extension This SummerThe Town of Garner was recently updated on the status of the Timber Drive Extension project. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials confirmed completion of the final construction plans, receipt of all needed permits, and that all right-of-way issues have been settled. Land for the road and utilities has been acquired, along with easements and environmental permits to allow the project to move forward. Bid advertisement for construction should begin around mid-May. Barring no unexpected delays, construction should begin in late Summer 2010.

Jim Speer, from the NC Department of Transportation stated, “The project is scheduled to be let to contract on May 18, 2010. If acceptable bids are received, the Board of Transportation should award a contract to the low bidder at its June 2010 meeting. Construction should begin in July 2010. The estimated time to complete the construction is 2 1/2 years.”

The 1.3 mile, $19 million project, has been the town’s top road construction priority. The Town will contribute $2.4 million to the project, but the majority of the funds will come from the NC Department of Transportation. Funds provided by the Town will help to cover any miscellaneous fees and upgrades and provide for the construction of sidewalks on both sides of the road.

Timber Drive was completed around 1994. The four-lane extension will connect N.C. 50 to White Oak Road near the White Oak Crossing Shopping Center. Garner continues to see an increase in commuter traffic on Highway 70, and from N.C. 50 to Timber Drive, as they travel into Raleigh, Durham and Research Triangle Park. When completed, the extension will allow easy access to the Shopping Center and improve the flow of traffic from western Johnston County into and around the Garner area.

“Promoting the Timber Drive Extension has been a priority for me since I began representing Garner. It will increase economic development and mobility in a critical area. Working on this project has been a labor of love.” stated NC House Representative, Deborah Ross.

If you have questions about this project, or need additional information, please contact Brad Bass, Director, Town of Garner Planning Department at bbass@garnernc.gov or call 919-772-4688.

Contact Information:
Michelle Howell
Public Information Officer
Town of Garner