Major Projects / Expenditures

For more information, view the Town of Apex Capital Improvement Plan document which shows a yearly outline of current capital improvement projects.


Annual Pavement Management – Street Resurfacing ($2,000,000)

The town is responsible for maintaining over 220 miles of municipal streets with the annual resurfacing contract providing for most of the pavement maintenance needs. Street mileage is growing annually with ongoing development. This annual program addresses deficiencies in pavement condition throughout Apex to prevent issues such as potholes, alligator cracking, and rutting in order to provide a safe and reliable transportation system. The Powell Bill program provides an annual funding allocation from the state based on public centerline miles of road accepted and maintained by the town. Current and future resurfacing costs continue to exceed Powell Bill allocations. The proposed bond referendum includes $5.0 million to address a backlog of pavement management projects.

GPS Emergency Vehicle Preemption ($260,000)

In the first year, this project includes installing GPS preempt in 10 traffic signals and outfitting all fire vehicles with GPS preempt capability. Emergency vehicle preemption is designed to give emergency response vehicles a green light on their approach to a signalized intersection while providing a red light to conflicting approaches. Existing infrared preemption is only available for certain directions at four signals town wide and the Apex Fire Department no longer has infrared emitters.

Justice Heights Street Extension ($250,000)

This project includes extending Justice Heights Street from its existing stub west of South Salem Street to intersect with the Apex Peakway and includes sidewalk on the north side of the street. The project would improve local connectivity for traffic flow south of NC 55 and pedestrian connectivity between Salem Street and Apex Peakway through the Justice Heights neighborhood. The FY22-23 Recommended Budget includes $250,000 for study and design.  

Felton Grove High School Road Improvements Cost Share ($500,000)

This project will contribute funds toward offsite intersection improvements as part of the construction of proposed Felton Grove High School that are beyond the required improvements for Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). This project addresses capacity and safety issues at multiple access points to the school. Funding is being prioritized ahead of construction in order to enter into an agreement with the school with full payment in 2025. 

Ragan Road Sidepath ($200,000)

This project includes creating a connection from the current end of the Ragan Road sidepath to the American Tobacco Trail. Currently, there is no public access along Ragan Road to the American Tobacco Trail. Initial funding is for study and design.   

Safe Routes to School ($1,710,000)

The town annually budgets for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects to improve and add to existing town infrastructure related to pedestrian and bicycle traffic to and from schools. A portion of the 2021 transportation bonds are dedicated to SRTS projects. The FY22-23 Budget includes funding for Downtown Apex Safe Routes to School and transit connections, construction of a high-priority SRTS project serving Thales Academy, sidewalk along the east side of N. Salem Street from north of Apex Peakway to Peak United Methodist Church, design of a high priority SRTS project serving Apex Middle School, sidewalk along N. Hughes Street from E. Chatham Street to Apex Community Center, and sidewalk along S. Mason Street from E. Moore Street to E. Chatham Street.  

Tingen Road Pedestrian Bridge ($150,000)

This allocation is for the study of a pedestrian bridge over the railroad crossing of Tingen Road. The current at-grade railroad crossing will be closed as part of the Apex Peakway Southwest Connector project per the agreement with CSX. A pedestrian bridge will provide members of the community a safe way to cross the railroad tracks on Tingen Road to access downtown Apex, multi-family residential developments, multiple churches, and Apex Elementary School. A feasibility study will determine more accurate scope and cost.

 Wayfinding Signage Fabrication & Installation ($320,000)

This project includes fabrication and installation of Wayfinding signage throughout town. Sign types include parking directional, vehicular directional, pedestrian directional, destination identification, and gateway signage. This project was identified as part of the Downtown Plan & Parking Study and is an extension of the Community Branding Study. 

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources

Annual Greenway Allocation ($300,000)

This is a new, ongoing program to allow for the study, prioritization, and design of proposed greenway connections. This program is a direct response to increasing greenway request from residents and Town Council.

Beaver Creek Greenway Improvements ($650,000)          

 This project will relocate, replace, and rebuild a section of greenway that is flooding/holding standing water on Beaver Creek Greenway. Improvements include repair of shoulder and trail surface from Jaycee Park to Kelly Road Park as identified in engineered analysis inventory. This study prioritized maintenance and repair for safety and user experience. Installation of boardwalk near Kelvington Court to address flooding in wetland area.

Hunter Street Bike Track ($225,000)            

This project includes the construction of a bike track on recently acquired vacant land, at the north end of the park. Bike track to consist of natural surfaces with obstacles, mounds, and other features to allow for off road biking challenges, similar to mountain biking facilities but in circular track route. No additional parking will be added. An accessible route will link to the new facility.


Smart Grid Meters & Load Control ($1,000,000)

This project provides an end-to-end solution for wireless smart grid and advanced metering. It will provide the ability to manage and monitor our electrical service customers by utilizing high speed, standards-based communications to access real-time data. In addition to advanced metering, this project will also provide updated load control devices, thermostats, and street light control hardware. The software provides meter data, network, load control, streetlight, and outage and customer portal management all in one easy to use platform.

Water & Sewer

Beaver Creek Commons Gravity Sewer Extension ($1,400,000)

Recent development projects near Kelly Road have upgraded and extended gravity sewer from the Abbington Subdivision to I-540. Currently, there is a gap between I-540 and the Beaver Creek Crossings Pump Station. The land between is part of a large lot subdivision (Chapel Ridge) with little potential for redevelopment. This project would involve decommissioning the Beaver Creek Crossings Pump Station and constructing approximately 2,100 feet of 12-inch gravity sewer line and manholes to complete the system. Not funding this project will require continued maintenance of the pump station. Project also includes looping a dead-end 12-inch water main along Beaver Creek Commons Drive from Beaver Creek to Kelly Road. If not constructed, redundancy and improved transmission to town's elevated tanks will not be realized.   Increased flushing of water may be required in the dead-end 12-inch water line to maintain water quality. 

Big Branch 2 Pump Station & Force Main           ($1,000,000)

This project includes construction of Big Branch Pump Station (capacity of 3 million gallons per day) and approximately six miles of 30-inch force main that will discharge at the Western Wake Regional WRF.  This infrastructure is needed to serve the Big Branch Basin, which is generally located in the triangle between I-540, US 1, and NC 55.

Humie Olive Water Loop ($150,000)

This project will add approx. 7,000 linear feet of 12-inch water main along Humie Olive and New Hill Olive Chapel Road to complete a full 12-inch loop in this area. This loop will provide better water quality and fire protection capabilities to this section of the service area.

Middle Creek - Sunset Hills Pump Station Renovation ($3,510,000)

This project includes the renovation of the existing Middle Creek - Sunset Hills Pump Station, installing a new deeper wetwell that will allow the pump station to serve the area to the northeast including the future school site.   Pumps will be updated to carry the additional area and to meet the new pumping characteristics to the new Middle Creek Regional Pump Station.  If this work is not completed, the area to the northeast will have to have its own separate pump station, which is not in the town's best long-term interest.  

Western Transmission Main – Phase III ($2,100,000)

Phase III of the Western Transmission Main Project will be the final phase of this project. The project includes the following sections: 900 feet of 20-inch waterline on Salem Street from Apex BBQ Road to the Peakway, and 3,000 feet of 20-inch waterline on Old US 1 from West Village to Holland Road. The primary purpose of Phase III work is to provide adequate water flow at a manageable pressure to the entire water system as western portions of Apex, south of Olive Chapel Road, develop and demand grows. This work will also ensure that adequate flow and proper velocities are maintained in the other areas of Apex as growing demand to the west pulls water in that direction.