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Raleigh moving forward with second phase of Hillsborough Street project

Posted February 5, 2015

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— The Raleigh City Council has approved the second phase of work to revitalize Hillsborough Street, including the addition of a raised median, marked bike lanes and some on-street parking along a half-mile stretch of the busy road. 

The work will take place between Gardner Street and the intersection of Rosemary and Shepherd streets, along the northern edge of the North Carolina State University campus. 

A four-foot raised median in the center of the road, wider sidewalks and bike lanes in both directions will be designed to improve safety. Three new single-lane roundabouts will be added at the intersections of Rosemary and Sheperd streets, Dixie Trail and Friendly Drive, and Brooks Avenue. 

Dan Allen Drive will become a right-in, right-out street with a westbound left-turn lane, officials said.

Design plans on the $12.9 million project are about 65 percent complete. A contract will likely be awarded for the work in 2016, and the project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017. 

New LED lighting will also be installed to save energy and reduce maintenance costs.


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  • cjw6105 Feb 5, 2015

    Ornamental trumps functional when you're in the City of Blokes.

    Just why was Hillsborough Street 4-laned years ago in the first place? This DOT mindset of turning major thoroughfares into 2-lanes streets not only flies in the face of common sense but like someone said, it actually makes those roadways more congested and dangerous.

    I think the roundabouts work well on small streets, but not at major intersections, like Hillsborough and Pullen, or, as a better example, the 5-way malfunction junction in Pinehurst.

    I think bicycle lanes work well in Amsterdam or Chapel Hill, but not on Hillsborough Street or Avent Ferry Road.

    The brilliant decisions to replace diagonal parking with parallel parking, to widen sidewalks and reduce traffic lanes, and to put concrete barricades between traffic lanes appear to be only the start of the next round of spending, which will probably be light rail service.

    But at least the US 1 northern Beltline is going to be widened after only 52 years.

  • Peter Panda Feb 5, 2015
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    if you can't handle something as simple as a traffic circle then you shouldn't be driving

  • archmaker Feb 5, 2015

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    NCSU didn't own any of those properties you just quoted. They were all privately owned and still are owned by private companies that build student housing

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Feb 5, 2015

    I would never go through a traffic circle without my gun.

  • Bryan Ayers Feb 5, 2015
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    Making you can get the pedestrians to cross at marked crossing zones instead of darting out into traffic at non-crossing areas.

  • Bryan Ayers Feb 5, 2015
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    ...another reason to waste tax dollars.

  • Mousey Feb 5, 2015

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    You're working on at least an outdated understanding of the (foot and vehicle) traffic patterns, because there's no thru traffic on Dan Allen M-F 8-5. The only cars down there are students and university employees. The crosswalks aren't congested: they're actually being used (and are also gigantic comparatively speaking), as they serve the dorms & apartments near the railroad tracks and a busy parking deck.

    Crossing the street in a traffic circle is no better or worse than without one (on Hillsborough anyway), since it's all done with medians. I would take that over the old traffic patterns pre-remodel any day.

  • tran Feb 5, 2015

    It's not clear what they're trying to accomplish. If they are trying to attract more customers, where will they park? Seems to me they've just transformed it into a place to avoid. I avoid it.

  • Sean Creasy Feb 5, 2015
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    .... Considering that NCSU owns all of the properties lining that section of Hillsborough St. it's only a matter of time before they all get bulldozed just like the buildings where Pantanea Bob's, The Cantina, The Comet, The Brewery, Gumbi's Pizza, Budda's Belly, Sadlack's, and quite a few other places were there for several decades used to be...

  • Burke Evans Feb 5, 2015
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    This is not a push by NCSU. It's driven by business and property owners along Hillsborough Street. Certainly, NCSU was involved in it, as they should be, but they are not the ones getting the greatest benefit either. It's the property owners like York that are getting major upgrades for their properties by the city of Raleigh.