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Public can weigh in on Hillsborough Street upgrades

Posted March 15, 2014

— City leaders will hold a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Hills Baptist Church, 201 Dixie Trail, to hear public opinion on a set of planned upgrades to Raleigh's Hillsborough Street, which has undergone a major transformation over the past several years.

As part of the transportation bond passed in October's election, the city plans to spend $6 million on improvements to make the road – which sees approximately 21,000 vehicles daily – more user-friendly and safer for pedestrians.

Proposed improvements include converting it to a two-lane road, with a raised median, from Gardner Street to Rosemary Street at Shepherd Street, marked bike-lanes and on-street parking where feasible.

Plans also call for roundabouts at Brooks Avenue, Dixie Trail and Rosemary and Shepherd streets.

Upgrades could also include better lighting and public art, says Jeff Murison, executive director of Hillsborough Street Community Service Corp.

Upgrades several years ago near North Carolina State University's Bell Tower have already meant a positive impact to the area, Murison says.

"There's been probably $300 million of redevelopment projects that have come to the street, that have either been started, are underway or are proposed," he said.

Right now, he says, there are very few vacancies, and additional streetscape improvements will likely mean a second wave of development.

"There's a lot of energy, and people are rediscovering (the area)," he said.

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  • lewiskr45 Mar 17, 2014

    All these traffic engineers and economic analysts on here really know what's best for everyone...

  • tpwright Mar 17, 2014

    I recently came to a revelation about roundabouts. They only work where a stop sign would work. If traffic is too heavy for a 4 way stop, then traffic will be too heavy for a roundabout. It's not inexperience that causes accidents in roundabouts, it's just the sheer amount of cars merging in such a short space.

    Also, I'd like to point out that generally making something car friendly makes the road less 'pedestrian friendly'.

  • cwmllc1952 Mar 17, 2014

    The Downtown Mall worked so great JUST DO IT here. In a few years raise taxes 2 cents and UNDO IT. If these people spent their personal money like they spend Tax Payers money they would be a little further down Hillsborough St.; like at the SOUP KITCHEN

  • lec02572 Mar 17, 2014

    Public input only because it's required by statute. The decision has been made, so it is meaningless.

  • Marley Higgins Mar 17, 2014

    if Raleigh and NC State (and you'd better believe that State is the driving force behind this entire fiasco) are so gung-ho to make Hillsborough street a pedestrian experience (both meanings intended), then why not simply bar vehicular traffic altogether? make it the Hillsborough Street Pedestrian Mall. that'll accomplish their goals a lot quicker and cheaper, without the need for those ridiculous (in this location) roundabouts.

  • A person Mar 17, 2014

    These sound more like obstacles not "upgrades" Looks like someone's friends are getting ready to line their pockets again