Midtown Raleigh News

Raleigh OKs more traffic-calming projects

After completing just four major traffic-calming projects in five years, Raleigh officials are trying to find more opportunities.

The city will install features to discourage speeding on residential streets, from jutted-out curbs and green medians to speed humps and enhanced pedestrian crossings.

But neighbors must express support before any changes are made.

That’s what happened for eight neighborhood streets that will get traffic-calming measures this summer. Here is a look at how the program works.

List of approved projects

• Shelley Road between North Hills Drive and Six Forks Road: seven speed humps and signage to alert motorists to the humps

• Rose Lane between Maplewood Road and Poole Road: nine speed humps and signage

• Baugh Street between Starmount Drive and Old Buffaloe Road: seven speed humps and signage

• Wimbleton Drive between the two sections of Shelley Road: three speed cables (a wider version of a speed hump, with a flat top) and signage

• Northbrook Drive between North Hills Drive and Pamlico Drive: three speed humps and one raised crosswalk (installed across from the elementary school) and signage

• Glascock Street between Wake Forest Road and Norris Street: four speed humps and signage

• Merrie Road between Avent Ferry Road and Merwin Road: six speed humps and signage

• East Rowan Street between Six Forks Road and Lakemont Drive: five speed humps and signage

Two more in the works

The city has completed draft designs for two major traffic calming projects. A design review with public input is planned for the June 5 evening City Council meeting.

• Kaplan Drive between Melbourne Road and Kent Road

• Brookside Drive between Watauga Street and Glascock Street

How does it work?

The city requires petitions as a way to demonstrate support. Residents, not city staffers, must go door-to-door to collect signatures. And neighborhoods must get least three-fourths of homeowners along a route to agree.

The city would like to tackle as many as 13 projects per year, including three involving major renovations and eight to 10 that bring minor changes such as speed humps.

Want to suggest a project?

Contact city coordinator Thomas Fiorello at 919-996-4066 or thomas.fiorello@raleighnc.gov.