'Avoid downtown Raleigh' during teachers rally

Posted May 16, 2018 9:12 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:14 a.m. EDT

— Delays will be present in and around downtown Raleigh all day Wednesday during a teacher rally that is becoming a historical moment for North Carolina and educators, lawmakers and students across the state.


Traffic cameras are showing delays between S. East Street and Boylan Avenue as motorists try to get around the thousands of teachers marching down Fayetteville and Salisbury Streets. Avoid traveling downtown between these areas if possible.


May 16 march map

The march is scheduled to start at the NCAE Headquarters, located at 700 S. Salisbury St., at about 10 a.m.

Participants will stick to the sidewalks to proceed up Fayetteville Street to Salisbury Street, to the State Capitol Building and down Bicentennial Plaza to the Legislative Building. The walk is expected to take about 30 minutes.

In the afternoon, teachers and supporters will gather outside the Legislative Building to rally from about 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

About 15,000 people are expected to be in downtown Raleigh for the rally, which is bound to cause some traffic delays, especially between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Lane closures

Wilmington Street has a lane closure between Lenoir St. and Cabarrus St. due to construction. Motorists should avoid this area if possible.

Tips for avoiding traffic

Avoid heading to downtown Raleigh on Wednesday if at all possible.

If heading to downtown Raleigh between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., carpool or seek public transportation. There are no changes to parking in downtown Raleigh for Wednesday -- parking decks and pay-to-park roadside spots are running as usual.