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Raleigh street redesign to revive downtown 'dead zone'

Posted July 22

— Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh is always buzzing with cars and people. But a couple of blocks away on Harrington Street, there’s not much going on.

“We call it kind of the dead zone of Glenwood South,” said Jim Belt, who leads a citizen’s group called Downtown Living Advocates. “(It’s a) five-minute walk to Glenwood South, a five-minute walk to some of the biggest employment areas with the government buildings in the capital district, and yet nothing has happened here in the last 10 years.”

That could soon change.

The state and city are working on a plan to replace the Capital Boulevard bridge over Peace Street. City planners approved an interchange design that could bring the north side of downtown into the development boom.

“What's driving us is looking at extending the downtown development pattern up to Peace Street, so we need a transportation system that facilitates that type of pattern and growth,” said Eric Lamb, a transportation engineer with the City of Raleigh.

The "square loop" design would integrate the ramps into the downtown street grid. For example, traffic on southbound Capital Boulevard trying to get to Peace Street would turn onto Johnson Street, then Harrington.

Peace Street will get two new traffic signals at intersections on either side of the Capital Boulevard bridge.

The design will connect with the Peace Street streetscape plan, which will bring bike lanes and wider sidewalks. It also will work with the city's plan to redesign the Capital Boulevard corridor just north of downtown.

The city and the state Department of Transportation are working on final design ideas, including a bridge that will be attractive for 50 or 60 years.

Belt said the changes should bring life to the dead zone.

“It will create a redevelopment opportunity for those who have bought up this property and are just waiting,” he said.
 

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  • immaannoid Jul 23, 2:15 p.m.

    Sounds like people who stupidly bought property there want the taxpayers to bail them out so they can sell at a profit.

  • dmccall Jul 23, 2:06 p.m.

    I don't see how dragging a bunch of freeway off-traffic through two city streets is going to "revive" this light industrial area into a desirable residential and commercial district.

    Would much rather see DOT do a modified, inverted diverging diamond or even completely overhaul Capital Blvd into a grand boulevard that is at-grade with Peace, with a large, Paris-like traffic circle to manage the intersection.

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 23, 1:57 p.m.

    You just said you live in Knightdale- why would you be mad with the mayor of RALEIGH?
    Those of us...
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    — Posted by btneast

    Whats your point? That the NCDOT is helping the city of Raleigh with the design? (like they do with projects all over the state... because its what they do...and will be paid for by the city of Raleigh)

    Doesn't at all change PROUDGRANDMA's misdirected anger at the mayor of Raleigh for not being concerned about what Knightdale or anywhere else in the state is or isn't doing about some overgrown weeds.

  • btneast Jul 23, 1:21 p.m.

    You just said you live in Knightdale- why would you be mad with the mayor of RALEIGH?
    Those of us who live in Raleigh have many friends and know good people in Knightdale, but what Knightdale does, is Knightdale's problem - not Raleigh's
    .

    maybe go back and reread the article, where it states:

    The city and the state Department of Transportation are working on final design ideas, including a bridge that will be attractive for 50 or 60 years.

  • djofraleigh Jul 23, 12:11 p.m.

    No expense is too great for the good of the downtown area it seems, but what is done for SE Raleigh?

  • Anita Woody Jul 23, 11:38 a.m.

    Well what do you know. here we go again taking my tax dollar's and giving it to downtown... View More

    — Posted by proudgrandmomma

    You just said you live in Knightdale- why would you be mad with the mayor of RALEIGH?
    Those of us who live in Raleigh have many friends and know good people in Knightdale, but what Knightdale does, is Knightdale's problem - not Raleigh's.

  • Frank Downtown Jul 23, 10:34 a.m.

    Its nice to have quiet areas. Not every block of downtown needs to filled with bars and resturants!

  • I Have a Discernible Chin Jul 23, 10:13 a.m.

    Do a map search of 1300 Oakwood Ave. Nothing's been done there for at least 50 years and this is just across the street from one of Raleigh's oldest and proudest universities which could use the help from the city a lot more than some developers who are waiting for something to happen.

  • oakcity Jul 23, 10:04 a.m.

    Rerouting roads won't help but cleaning up the crime riddled neighborhoods surrounding this area... View More

    wouldn't rerouting roads and developing that area help clean it up? some folks just can't stand to see downtown Raleigh be successful and grow. maybe we should just go back to the 80's and forget it all, just let downtown be a ghost town again. That'll show 'em!!!

  • RaleighNCGuy Jul 23, 9:25 a.m.

    Well what do you know. here we go again taking my tax dollar's and giving it to downtown... View More

    — Posted by proudgrandmomma

    Not sure that the mayor of Raleigh is all that concerned with the roads in Knightdale.

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