Holly Springs Road widening has moved a step closer with the Town Council’s Aug. 17 approval of a $1.9 million contract to relocate underground and above-ground Duke Energy utilities.
Widening of the road from Flint Pointe Lane to Sunset Lake Road is scheduled to begin this fall.
Construction will begin in the vicinity of the bridge over Middle Creek. Water frequently overtops the roadway there during storms.
Construction of a longer, wider, and higher bridge is expected to take about a year. With no good options for a detour, the bridge will be built in two phases so that Holly Springs Road can remain open throughout construction.
Two lanes of the new four-lane bridge will be built while the existing two-lane bridge remains in use. Once that is done, traffic will be moved onto the newly-constructed lanes while the old bridge is removed and the new one is finished.
With the extension of I-540 through Holly Springs, strategic planning is underway for a 2-mile area near Holly Springs Road that will become a key “gateway” to the town. The Town Council approved a contract at its Aug. 17 meeting to create master plan for growth along the northeast corridor.
In other business Aug. 17, the Council approved a COVID-19 vaccination incentive for employees. Those who are fully vaccinated by Sept. 30 will receive 24 hours of vacation leave. Town Manager Randy Harrington also plans to reinstate a COVID-19 administrative leave option that would apply to vaccinated employees only.
Also Aug. 17, a proclamation was issued honoring Major League Baseball All-Star Carlos Rodón, who pitched a no-hitter as a junior for Holly Springs High School and threw another one this year for the Chicago White Sox.
His parents, Julie and Carlos Rodón, were at the Council meeting to accept the proclamation on his behalf.
Rodón, a 2011 graduate of Holly Springs High, led the Golden Hawks to the state 4A championship in his senior year. He postponed his professional career to attend N.C. State. In 2013, he led the Wolfpack to its first college World Series in 45 years.