Person Street with new striping

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Blount Street - Person Street Corridor Improvement Project

Our goal is to make the Blount Street Person Street corridor safe for all modes of transportation.

We are in the first phase of the Blount St. - Person St. Corridor Plan

It will include:

  • Resurfacing for Blount and Person streets from Edenton Street to Wake Forest Road.
  • Resurfacing for Wake Forest Road from Person Street to Brookside Drive.
  • Upgraded curb ramps in the area where the streets are being resurfaced.
  • Road diet conversion for Wake Forest Road from existing four lanes to three  lanes, including a center turn lane and bike lanes (Person Street to Brookside Drive)
  • Conversion of Blount and Person streets from existing two or three lanes to two lanes with bike lane from Wake Forest Road to Hoke Street;
  • Most on-street parking is expected to stay the same along the corridor;
    • Some part-time parking will be made full-time;
    • Some parking will be added; and,
    • Some parking is proposed to be removed.
  • Bicycle facilities south of Hoke Street to connect to the Walnut Creek Greenway Trail at South Wilmington Street.

The project is being funded partly via the FFY17 CAMPO Locally Administered Projects Program (LAPP), the City of Raleigh 2013 Transportation Bond, and NCDOT State Resurfacing funds.

We are starting the deign process for the Two-Way Conversion phase of the project. Visit our Blount St & Person Street Two-Way Conversion project page for all the details.

Project Details

 
Type:
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Budget:
$3.26 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
Sepi Engineering, (Contract Engineering Inspection) Fred Smith Company (Construction Contractor)

Contact

 

Beth Quinn, PE
Project Manager, Part one
919-996-3542

Lead Department:
Engineering Services
Participating Department:
Transportation
Service Unit:
Roadway Design and Construction

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Planning

On July 16, 2013, the Raleigh City Council approved the Blount Street/Person Street Corridor Plan. The Blount Street/Person Street corridor extends more than five miles from Capital Boulevard to I-40 and includes Wake Forest Road and Hammond Road. The core of the corridor is the pair of one-way streets Blount and Person streets.

The 2013 Transportation Bond includes funding for Phase One implementation. This phase includes restriping of the corridor, including the addition of bicycle lanes, a turn lane on Wake Forest Road, on-street parking in certain roadway sections, and the restoration of two-way traffic on Person Street between Delway and Peace Streets. Additional information on all project phases is included below.

Plan Information

The Blount Street/Person Street Corridor Plan was developed with public input at workshops held in October and December. The draft plan was available for review and comment at an open house held in May. The Blount Street/Person Street Corridor Plan is a phased approach to balance the variety of uses to create a corridor that is safe and attractive to motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users. The corridor provides needed access to Downtown, adjacent neighborhoods and major regional destinations. Yet the speed and behavior of vehicular traffic can be managed.

The plan examines the existing conditions and provides one-way and two-way restoration alternatives. The phases were developed based on stated themes and vision for the corridor:

  • Business and economic development;
  • Neighborhood and historic character;
  • Traffic and mobility; and,
  • Walkable and multi-modal.

      The first phase proposes road restriping that would have an immediate effect on traffic behavior, provide pedestrian comfort and traffic calming. The work would define the two travel lanes, add bike lanes and define on-street parking on Blount Street and Person Street between Hoke Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Phase one would convert the four-lane section of Wake Forest Road to a three-lane section with a center turn lane and add bicycle lanes. Person Street would be restored to two-way traffic from Delway Street/Mordecai Drive to Peace Street. Also phase one would define the lane configuration of Blount and Person streets from Peace Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to a consistent two travel lanes, adding bicycle lanes and on-street parking on both sides.

      Phase two proposes streetscape improvements throughout the corridor. In the South Park neighborhood the improvements include landscaped bulb-outs at intersection corners and selected mid-block locations. Landscaped medians and pedestrian crossings would be added at locations from Brookside/Automotive Way to Delway Street. Phase two would include the completion of missing sidewalks on the west side of Wake Forest Road from Sycamore Street to Cedar Street. It is proposed to add landscaped bulb-outs at intersection corners and selected mid-block locations to better define on-street parking, narrow pedestrian crossings, add street trees and landscaping to visually narrow the streets to encourage traffic calming, through the downtown area from Peace Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

      Phase three proposes analysis of the restoration of two-way traffic to Blount and Person streets. Should a two-way restoration be desired and prove feasible, phase three would add roundabouts at the transitions with Wake Forest Road and Hammond Road and add new traffic signals at all signalized intersections on Blount and Person streets. Two potential roundabouts would be added north and south of Capital Boulevard at Wake Forest Road as a part of the long term plan for Capital Boulevard.

       

      Phase Contacts

       

      Jason Myers, AICP
      Senior Transportation planner
      919-996-2166
       

      Lead Department:
      Budget and Management Services

      Design

      This phase is complete.

      Right of Way Acquisition

      This phase is complete for part one of the project.

      Construction

      Update August 2020

      The project is now competed

      Next Steps

       

      The project is scheduled to be completed this summer.

      Lead Department:
      Engineering Services

      Complete

      Crews competed the project and punch list items at the end of July 2020.  

      Lead Department:
      Engineering Services

      History

      On July 16, 2013, the Raleigh City Council approved the Blount Street/Person Street Corridor Plan. The Blount Street/Person Street corridor extends more than five miles from Capital Boulevard to I-40 and includes Wake Forest Road and Hammond Road. The core of the corridor is the pair of one-way streets Blount and Person streets.

      The 2013 Transportation Bond included funding for Phase One implementation. This phase includes restriping of the corridor, including the addition of bicycle lanes, a turn lane on Wake Forest Road. This funding has been supplemented with a federal grant through CAMPO’s Locally Administered Projects Program (LAPP).

      History of the Streets

      Blount Street and Person Street date to the original 1792 City of Raleigh Christmas Plan. The corridor runs through industrial, residential, institutional and commercial areas.

      Blount Street was extended above North Street in 1872, stretching the City's boundaries northward. The 1959 Thoroughfare Plan for the City of Raleigh called for the conversion of the streets to a one-way pair. The work was completed in the mid 1960s. The 2002 Livable Streets plan for Downtown Raleigh calls for consideration of returning the streets to two-way traffic. In 1966, plans called for an expressway on the east side of Downtown. The 200-foot right of way would have cleared the blocks between Bloodworth and East streets, just east of Person Street. The plan was never implemented, and Person and Blount streets continued to serve as important north-south connectors on the east side of Downtown. Blount Street was lowered in 1967-68 at Shaw University in order to accommodate a pedestrian overpass connecting the two sides of its campus.

      Schedule

      Date Activity
      July 2013 Adopted Corridor Plan
      November 2013 Transportation Bond Referendum
      July 2015 Bond Funds Available
      January 2016 Design Contract Awarded
      Spring 2016 LAPP Grant Awarded
      May 16, 2016 25% Design Open House
      May 4, 2017 75% Design Open House
      Sept. 2017 NCDOT Resurfacing Funding Awarded
      April 2, 2019 Award Construction Contract
      Early Summer 2020 Part One Construction Complete

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