Poole Road looking towards downtown before construction of improvements

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Poole Road Widening Project

We are committed to making Raleigh Roads Safe for everyone.

The purpose of the project is to improve Poole Road, from Maybrook Drive to Barwell Road. The project will include  widening the roadway to a four-lane complete street with a median, sidewalks, and bicycle facilities.

Project Details

$14.8 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Fred Smith Company (Construction Contractor) RK&K (Design Consultant)



Cordis Yates-Thompson
Project Manager

Comment Form

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




The Poole Road widening project design was originally presented to the public on Sept. 20, 2018. Based on public input we revised the plans. The improved design removes the five-foot bicycle lanes from the roadway and widens the multi-use path (MUP) and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway.

This new design will give cyclists and pedestrians, as well as vehicles a safer user experience and will reduce the overall impacts of the project. The new design was presented at an informal public meeting on June 12.


Phase Contacts




Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Updated Sept. 17

Duke Energy is working along the corridor relocating power poles. 

The City's contractor, Fred Smith Company, has started clearing operations along the corridor. 

We had a virtual Pre-Construction Meeting on April 27.

Not able to attend the meeting? That is okay, the presentation is now available.

Virtual Pre-Construction Meeting Presentation

Questions and answers from public meeting

If you have any construction related questions please use the Comment Form.


Phase Contacts


Cordis Yates-Thompson
Project Manager

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Traffic Control During Construction

shows what traffic control will look like during all lane closures along the corridor during construction.

There will be no road closures associated with this project.

Lane Closures:

There will be one lane of traffic in each direction maintained throughout the project. However, there may be periodic short-term lane closures and flagging operations.

When lane closures are required, the contractor will utilize:

  • Portable traffic control signs;
  • Trained flaggers; and,
  • Traffic Cones.

No lane closures will occur between the hours of 7:00 and 9:00 a.m. or between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Construction activities are generally scheduled Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., with some Saturday work as needed. The contractor may need to work some nights. Notice will be given to residents in advance, if night work is needed.

In the event of unplanned extended work hours, crews will notify properties affected by that work.  

shows what traffic control will look like at side streets along the project when the contractor is building the new roadway.

Side Streets: 

Residents will have access to side streets at all times during construction. When crews are working on side streets, there may be a need to close a lane while performing paving operations. This will be completed with the help of trained flaggers and proper signage.

There will be times when a side street will need to cross over the old or new asphalt before turning left or right onto Poole Road. During these times, the contractor will use road-closed signs and construction barrels to help direct traffic through the work zone.


When crews do driveway work, the contractor will coordinate with residents in advance to ensure residents have access to their property and a place to park.

Work Zone Safety:

Drivers should always be alert and tentative when entering a construction zone.

Pay close attention to all signs and look out for flaggers along the corridor.

We understand that construction is an inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience. 

Public Art

The Poole Road project includes a public art component. 
The artist for this project is Sharon Dowell. Sharon is a painter with a focus on works on canvas, murals and public art. 
For more information on Sharon and the public art for this project, visit the Poole Road Public Art page.


The Poole Road Widening Project was prioritized in the Capital Improvement Program, as a major street project.


Winter = January - March, Spring = April - June, Summer = July - September, Fall = October - December
Date Activity
Sept. 2018 Preliminary Plans Public Meeting (25% plan)
June 12, 2019 Design Plan Public Meeting (65% plan)
August 2019 City Council Presentation
Winter 2021 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Winter 2021 Advertise for Construction Bids
Spring 2021 Award Construction Contract
Spring 2021 Pre-Construction Meeting
Summer 2023 Project Complete

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