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Capital Boulevard bridges at Wade Avenue and Peace Street are expected to finish up this year ending months of construction and detours.
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Capital Boulevard bridges at Wade Avenue and Peace Street are expected to finish up this year ending months of construction and detours.

Last summer, city planners asked people what they liked about Capital Boulevard and what they would change, to kick off a two-year study of one of the city’s busiest and least-loved thoroughfares.

They used that feedback to craft some general visions and goals for the corridor. Now the planners are coming back to the public for help in developing options for future development, transit and road improvements for the five-mile stretch of Capital Boulevard from the Beltline north to Interstate 540.

The city will host three meetings in the coming weeks where people can share their thoughts on what this section of Capital should look like in the future. The first meeting is Monday, April 1, at 6 p.m. in the Green Road Community Center. The next two are at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Marsh Creek Community Center and at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in Body of Christ Church off Spring Forest Road.

The meetings will also be a chance to learn about the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plans to rebuild the Beltline interchange with Capital. Though that work is unrelated to the city’s study, someone from NCDOT will be on hand to explain the project and answer questions.

More than 380 people attended a workshop or filled out an online survey last summer to share what they thought about Capital Boulevard. Traffic topped their list of concerns, followed by “appearance” and “walkability.”

The findings are summarized in a “visioning report” and were used to identify four themes against which proposed changes to Capital will be measured. The “flow” theme, for example, says travel from one end of the corridor to the other should be “convenient and reliable,” with all types of transportation, from cars to walking, taken into consideration.

The goal of the planning process is to create a series of recommendations to be presented to the City Council. If approved, the plan would be used to update ordinances and policies and guide city decisions about development and construction projects along the corridor.

For more information, including links to the visioning report, go to planningforraleigh.com/capitalnorth.

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Richard Stradling covers transportation for The News & Observer. Planes, trains and automobiles, plus ferries, bicycles, scooters and just plain walking. Also, #census2020. He’s been a reporter or editor for 32 years, including the last 20 at The N&O. 919-829-4739, rstradling@newsobserver.com.