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North Raleigh sidewalk a long time in coming

Posted August 25, 2015 6:27 p.m. EDT

Photo by Karen Tam/Raleigh Public Record

— The story of sidewalks on Fox Road, between Spring Forest and Sumner Boulevard, is a representative example of the state of sidewalks in Raleigh in general.

The Lundy and Cokley Families have paid, petitioned and voted for road improvements for nearly 29 years — sidewalks in particular for 10.

In an area that has seen tremendous growth during the past two decades, including the Triangle Town Center, large-scale apartment complexes and leading retailers such as a Target and one of Raleigh’s last-remaining 24-hour Wal-Mart Supercenters, the absence of sidewalks in front of the Lundy and Cokley homes’ and other sections along Fox road has led to confusion and consternation.

Fortunately for these families, sidewalk completion for the area is on the horizon.

For the residents of Fox Road, the improvements can’t come too soon.


  • 1986: Two-lane dirt road
  • 1986: Fee-in-lieu from Dale and Joan Freeman
  • 1993: Fox Road Paved
  • 2009: Raleigh Street Improvement Petition
  • 2011: Reactivated Raleigh Street Improvement Petition
  • 2014 January: Petition submitted to City Council
  • 2014 March: Case presented to City Council, council adopts Resolution 2014-889 directing improvements to Fox Road between Spring Forest and Sumner Blvd.
  • 2016 March: Projected finishing of design, bidding and contract phase
  • 2017 July: Projected construction completion of sidewalks

Read more: Raleigh Public Record: A long journey for a new sidewalk

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