Sidewalk Petition Program

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Is your street eligible for the program? Let’s find out. The Petition Process How long will it take to build? Microgap Sidewalk Projects New Sidewalk Petitions Current Sidewalk Petitions Expired Sidewalk Petitions 2018-2019

Do you want a Sidewalk on your street?

The City of Raleigh provides the opportunity for you to initiate sidewalk construction in your neighborhood, and in most cases at no cost to you or your neighbors.

Is your street eligible for the program? Let’s find out.

Is your street:


Then you might be able to have the City build a sidewalk on your street.

How to get started

  • Contact a member of the petition staff, or you can use the Online Petition Request Form
  • One of our engineers will visit and evaluate the street
  • Staff will contact you to discuss the engineer’s recommendations

The Petition Process

A letter is mailed out to property owners along the street letting them know that a Sidewalk Petition has been requested.

The letter will have the engineer’s recommendation for sidewalk installation including:

  • The side of the street best suited for a sidewalk;
  • The suggested size of the sidewalk; and,
  • The set back of the sidewalk.

The letter will have instructions on how to complete the online voting ballot. If property owners prefer they can fill out a paper version of the poll, included in the letter, and mail it back to the City.

Property owners are given 45 days to respond to either the online or paper ballot. Once the deadline has passed, we will review the returned ballot forms, and property owners will be notified of the results.

If 50 percent plus one of the property owners who responded to the ballot are in favor of a sidewalk, the petition will go to City Council for approval.

Note: You must respond to the ballot for your vote to count either in favor of or against the petition. Property owners who do not return their ballots are not counted.

How long will it take to build?

Once City Council has approved the Sidewalk Petition, it becomes a City Sidewalk Project. Building a sidewalk is a multi-step process and can take between two to three years before they are complete. This time may vary dependent on the availability of City funding, staff resources, and the number of sidewalks we are currently working on.

When the City has a large number of sidewalk petition projects, the City will use the Sidewalk Petition Prioritization Ranking Criteria to prioritize successful petitions.

Design and Construction Process

The City’s steps to building a new sidewalk include:

  • Conducting a land survey that will be used in the design process; (We will send survey notification letters to property owners.)
  • Engineering staff will begin the design process;
  • A public meeting will be held to present preliminary plans and get public input from area property owners and residents;
  • City Engineers will finalize the sidewalk designs, incorporating the public input;
  • The City’s Real Estate Department will contact property owners if we need to purchase easements to build the sidewalk;
  • The project will go out for construction bids;
  • A construction contractor is awarded the project;
  • A pre-construction public meeting will be held to discuss the construction schedule with affected property owners; (depending on size of project)
  • Construction starts; and,
  • The project is complete, and you have a new sidewalk.

After the project is complete, property owners will be sent a punch list letter so they may notify the City of any construction-related issues along their property.

How to Request Street or Sidewalk Improvements

Raleigh citizens may petition the City to install new sidewalks along residential streets that are located inside of the City limits.

Microgap Sidewalk Projects

The City of Raleigh sidewalk microgap program was created to address gaps in the sidewalk network that were too small to be part of the capital project program.  They are generally under 300' and considered to be part of the maintenance of the system. 

The list below, which includes links to maps, show the current, known microgaps that are identified. Tier 1 Projects have funding set aside and will be constructed in the first phase. Tier 2 and 3 projects will be constructed further in the future.

Microgap Sidewalks list

New Sidewalk Petitions

Petition Project Location Status Expired

Kelford Street
From Gorman Street to Stovall Drive

Successful 100% February 21, 2020
SW2019-16 Marcom Street
From Gorman Street to Stovall Drive
Successful 60% February 21, 2020
SW2019-17 Stovall Drive
From Marcom Street to Burt Drive
Unsuccessful 30% February 21, 2020  
SW2019-18 Burt Drive
From Gorman Street to Stovall Drive
Successful 60% February 21, 2020


Current Sidewalk Petitions

Petition Project Location Expires Expired

Ashburton Road
From Kaplan Drive to Liles Road

Unsuccessful 40% December 23, 2019
2019-13 Rembert Drive-B
From Winthrop Drive to Brookhaven Drive
Successful - 75% November 8, 2019
2019-12 Rembert Drive - A
From Glenwood Avenue to Winthrop Drive
Unsuccessful - 39%   November 8, 2019
2019-11 Brookhaven Drive
From Rembert Drive to Glenwood Avenue
Successful - 59% November 8, 2019
2019-10 Freeman, Postell & Coleman Streets
From existing sidewalk on Freeman Street to existing sidewalk on Coleman Street
Successful - 85% November 7, 2019

Expired Sidewalk Petitions 2018-2019

Petition Project Location Status Expired
2019-09 Brighton Road
From Glascock Street to Millbank Street
Successful 80% Fall 2019
2019-08 Kimberly Drive
From North Hills Drive to Gunnison Place
Unsuccessful Late Summer 2019
2019-07 Rawls Drive
From Poole Road to Friar Tuck Road
Successful 72% Spring 2019
2019-06 Sasser Street
From Wake Forest Road to Elm Street
Unsuccessful 33% Spring 2019
2019-05 Young Street
From Wake Forest Road to Ann Street
Unsuccessful 0% Spring 2019
2019-04 Ann Street
From Mills Street to Young Street
Unsuccessful 0% Spring 2019
2019-03 Bellaire Avenue
From Mills Street to existing sidewalk
Unsuccessful 29% Spring 2019
2019-02 Mills Street
From Wake Forest Road to existing sidewalk
Unsuccessful 27% Spring 2019
2019-01 Cobblestone Court
From Ridge Road to the existing sidewalk
Successful 75% Spring 2019
2018-20 West Rowan Street
From Currituck Drive to Pamlico Drive
Successful 61% Spring 2019
2018-19 Colleton Road
From Bertie Drive to Oakwood Avenue
Successful 100% Spring 2019
2018-18 Valley Drive
From Rangecrest Road to Lynn Road
Successful 58% Winter 2019
2018-17 Reynolds Road
From Lambeth Drive to Camelot Drive
Successful 67% Winter 2019
2018-16 Lynwood Lane
From Reynolds Road to Lambeth Drive
Unsuccessful 21% Winter 2019
2018-15 Latimer Road and Drexel Drive
From Compton Road to E. Rowan Street
Successful 68% Winter 2019
2018-14 Lambeth Drive
From Latimer Road to Dartmouth Road
Successful 75% Winter 2019
2018-13 Inglewood Lane
From Manchester Drive to Yadkin Drive
Successful 80% Winter 2019

Thorn Ridge Road
From Ray Road to Old Hundred Road

Unsuccessful 33% Fall 2018

Stewarts Glen Circle
From Stoney Run Drive to beginning of cul-de-sac on Stewarts Glen Circle

Unsuccessful 33% Fall 2018

Whittier Drive
From Killington Drive to Optimist Pool Entrance

Successful 70% Fall 2018
2018-09 St Ledger Drive
From Ray Road to Mill Ridge Road


Fall 2018
2018-08 River Birch Drive
From Lynn Road to St Ledger Drive


Fall 2018
2018-07 Featherstone Drive
From Six Forks Road to Mourning Dove Road
Summer 2018

Fiesta Way
from Falls of Neuse Road to the existing sidewalk at 7417 Fiesta Way

Summer 2018
2018-05 Three Bridges Circle
From River Birch Drive to River Birch Drive
Spring 2018
2018-04 Sweetbriar Drive
From East Millbrook Road to Pinecroft Drive
Spring 2018
2018-03 Pinecroft Drive
From Lakemont Drive to Latimer Road
Spring 2018

Valley Drive 
From Sawmill Road to Rangecrest Road

Spring 2018



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