$37 million for Transportation improvements are being discussed for Raleigh and may be on this year’s October ballot. Sidewalk improvements, station upgrades, and greenway projects are just a few on the long list here. Downtown Raleigh would see some improvements if this is passed.
The list of projects that may get funded are below, starting first with downtown related ones, and how much of the pie each one would get. ($ in millions)
- Preliminary engineering: Blount/Person corridor planning $0.25
- Moore Square facility improvements $3.50
- Rosengarten Greenway $0.50
- South/Lenoir two-way conversion $2.00
- City initiated new sidewalk $4.75
- Transit corridor improvements (shelters & benches) $0.750
- Tryon Road widening & realignment $1.8
- Resurfacing Program $10.05
- Petition projects $3.00
- Sidewalk repair reserve $4.00
- Streetscape: Hillsborough: Gardner to Rosemary $1.00
- Walnut Creek Greenway – New Hope Road to Neuse River $3.20
- Lumley/Westgate Road corridor (greenway & bike lane) $2.20
A public hearing about this referendum should be announced within the coming weeks.
We’ve discussed greenways coming through downtown before and the Rosengarten piece is a crucial connector from south of downtown into the warehouse district.
The Lenoir and South Street two-way conversion stretches the previous two-way conversion, completed in 2008, to the east and west out of downtown. For Lenoir Street:
- Two-way conversion from Wilmington Street to East Street. This makes Lenoir two-way from Boylan Heights to South Park.
- Sharrows from Dawson Street to East Street.
For South Street:
- Two-way conversion from South Saunders Street to Dawson Street.
- Two-way conversion from Wilmington Street to East Street. Both conversions make South two-way from Boylan Heights to South Park.
- Striped bicycle lanes along South Street from South Saunders Street to East Street.
The description of the work for the two streets also mentions, “modification of traffic signals, turn lane improvements, installation of new pedestrian head signals, crosswalks, and raised landscaped medians.” The western side of South Street is pretty wide so medians would be an easy fit.
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