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Downtown Raleigh's sidewalk dining curfew, left-turn restrictions take effect Friday

Posted August 14, 2015

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— Two proposals designed to dampen some of the noise produced in busier parts of downtown Raleigh during the weekend took effect Friday night.

Beginning Friday night, visitors to downtown are not allowed to turn left onto side streets from Fayetteville Street or Glenwood Avenue at certain intersections between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Signs have been installed to alert drivers of the changes.

City officials say the ban is part of effort to keep side streets clear for emergency vehicles and cut down on late-night noise. After a six-month trial period, the City Council will take another look at the ban to see whether or not it worked.

Another change that went into effect Friday is a curfew on outdoor dining.

The number of seats a restaurant or bar can have on the sidewalk will be based on its indoor seating capacity, and all patrons will have to be inside by midnight Sundays through Thursdays and by 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Prior to Friday, patrons can remain out on restaurant or bar patios until 2 a.m. nightly.

City officials said they received about 30 complaints in June and July over crowded sidewalks downtown and late-night noise. The dining curfew is also a temporary change. The City Council will look at the issue again in three months to determine if additional changes are needed.


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  • Johan Summer Aug 14, 2015
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    Welcome to Raleigh..... we're changing our name from the "City of Oaks" to the "City of Jokes." LOL. And come back now, ya here, we're opening a 300+ acre park for you to walk around in. Hee-Haw!

  • George Herbert Aug 14, 2015
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    My problem is with restaurants taking up more and more of the sidewalk space along Fayetteville Street. Today I noticed that the Big Easy has roped off its table area, reducing the sidewalk to just a few feet right next to the curb.

  • Rodney Hill Aug 14, 2015
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    Drive down the 200-600 block of Glenwood Ave on a Saturday night between 10pm and 3am and you'll understand. There are no left turn lanes. Traffic gets gridlocked as cars wait to turn left on side streets and they're blocked by the stopped opposing lane traffic which is also waiting for someone to turn left. This blocks emergency vehicles and adds to noise as frustrated drivers start honking horns.

    I think this is a good change for GlenSo.

  • Alex Yopp Aug 14, 2015
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    Start to shut down the commerce they have worked so hard to build is ridiculous. If you move to any downtown area and don't research what’s around you or even better understand this is the environment what you are moving into then it's your own fault. I am sure that larger metropolitan areas are laughing at these moves by Raleigh. You might as well put the Fayetteville St Mall back in....

  • Mannin Black Aug 14, 2015
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    I don't get the no left turn thing in the middle of the night.

  • Angie Cox Aug 14, 2015
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    I don't go downtown and won't now for sure!

  • Richard Mackey Aug 14, 2015
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    No left turns between "10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday".

    This is crazy!!!! There is essentially NO TRAFFIC during those hours and one with any sense would think that it would be safer during those hours to turn left than oh, say middle of the day.....smdh at these yahoos

    and is there a problem currently for emergency vehicles getting around when necessary?

  • Sam Adams Aug 14, 2015
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    If you don't like the noise then move out of downtown. No sane person expects it to be quiet all the time when living downtown. Its called living in a city. If you don't like the noise move to the country. City Council overreacted on this one big time.

  • Doug Hanthorn Aug 14, 2015
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    Do cars turning left make more noise than cars turning right or going straight?