Sidewalk Petition Program

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The City’s Sidewalk Petition Program has been suspended until further notice; therefore, currently the City is not accepting new sidewalk petition requests, however sidewalk inquiries may be e-mailed to for review.

As part of our Strategic Plan, one initiative (Transportation & Transit Initiative 5.1) is to improve our transportation services and programs to enhance equitable outcomes for all. The City is currently evaluating the existing structure of the Sidewalk Petition Program through this initiative. Learn more about this effort here. 

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

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How to get started

The Sidewalk Petition Process

If eligible to proceed with the petition process, staff conduct a review and prepare a recommendation. They will contact you to discuss the Engineer’s recommendations and if Petitioner agrees to continue with the petition process prepare and issue the petition.

A sidewalk petition letter is mailed out to property owners along the street. This letter includes:

  • The proposed sidewalk recommendation;
  • A sidewalk petition map illustrating the likely location, width and setback of the proposed sidewalk; and,
  • A petition response form.

The letter will have instructions on how to complete electronic voting via the online voting portal. If property owners prefer they may complete the paper ballot 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 be presented to City Council for approval.

Note: You must respond to the sidewalk petition in order for your vote to be counted. Non-responses are not considered, therefore, property owners who do not return their ballots are not counted in the official petition results. No vote received after the petition deadline will be considered.

How long will it take to build?

If authorized and approved by City Council, the petition will become a Petitioned Sidewalk Project. Projects are considered among other successful petitions and completed with funding allocated through the Capital Improvement Program. Sidewalk projects are a multi-step process and can take several years to complete. This time may vary depending on project complexity, the availability of funding, staff resources, and the number of preceding petitioned sidewalks.

Sidewalk petition projects are ranked using criteria related to connectivity, safety, equity, and cost-effectiveness . The highest-ranking projects are included in the annual Capital Improvement Program.

Design and Construction Process

The City’s steps to building a petitioned 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 an End of Construction notification 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.

Sidewalk Microgap Projects

The City of Raleigh Sidewalk Microgap Program was created to address gaps in the sidewalk network that were too small to be standalone projects. They are generally small lengths of missing sidewalk between two existing sidewalks. Microgaps are installed along with other nearby projects or along with maintenance activity.

Sidewalk Microgap List

Sidewalk Petitions

Petition Project Location Status Expired
2019-18 Burt Drive
From Gorman Street to Stovall Drive
Successful 60%

Authorized 9/07/21 for Design/Construction.

2019-17 Stovall Drive
From Marcom Street to Burt Drive
Unsuccessful 30%  
2019-16 Marcom Street
From Gorman Street to Stovall Drive
Successful 60%

Authorized 9/07/21 for Design/Construction.

2019-15 Kelford Street
From Gorman Street to Stovall Drive
Successful 100%

Authorized 9/07/21 for Design/Construction.

2019-14 Ashburton Road
From Kaplan Drive to Liles Road
Unsuccessful 40%

Expired 11/08/19 - No Further Action

2019-13 Rembert Drive-B
From Winthrop Drive to Brookhaven Drive
Successful 75%

Authorized 3/03/19 for Design/Construction

2019-12 Rembert Drive - A
From Glenwood Avenue to Winthrop Drive
Unsuccessful 39%

Expired 11/08/19 - No Further Action

2019-11 Brookhaven Drive
From Rembert Drive to Glenwood Avenue
Successful 59%

Authorized 3/03/19 for Design/Construction

2019-10 Freeman, Postell & Coleman Streets
From existing sidewalk on Freeman Street to existing sidewalk on Coleman Street
Successful  85%        

Authorized 3/03/19 for Design/Construction    

2019-09 Brighton Road
From Glascock Street to Millbank Street
Successful 80%

Authorized 12/09/19 for Design/Construction

2019-08 Kimberly Drive
From North Hills Drive to Gunnison Place

Expired 09/03/19 - No Further Action

2019-07 Rawls Drive
From Poole Road to Friar Tuck Road
Successful 72% Authorized 9/03/19 for Design/Construction
2019-06 Sasser Street
From Wake Forest Road to Elm Street
Unsuccessful 33% Expired 5/23/19 - No Further Action
2019-05 Young Street
From Wake Forest Road to Ann Street
Unsuccessful 0% Expired 5/23/19 - No Further Action
2019-04 Ann Street
From Mills Street to Young Street
Unsuccessful 0% Expired 5/23/19 - No Further Action
2019-03 Bellaire Avenue
From Mills Street to existing sidewalk
Unsuccessful 29% Expired 5/23/19 - No Further Action
2019-02 Mills Street
From Wake Forest Road to existing sidewalk
Unsuccessful 27% Expired 5/23/19 - No Further Action
2019-01 Cobblestone Court
From Ridge Road to the existing sidewalk
Successful 75% Authorized 9/03/19 for Design/Construction
2018-20 West Rowan Street
From Currituck Drive to Pamlico Drive
Successful 61% Authorized 9/03/19 for Design/Construction
2018-19 Colleton Road
From Bertie Drive to Oakwood Avenue
Successful 100% Authorized 9/03/19 for Design/Construction
2018-18 Valley Drive
From Rangecrest Road to Lynn Road
Successful 58% Authorized 5/07/19 for Design/Construction
2018-17 Reynolds Road
From Lambeth Drive to Camelot Drive
Successful 67% Authorized 5/07/19 for Design/Construction
2018-16 Lynwood Lane
From Reynolds Road to Lambeth Drive
Unsuccessful 21% Expired 2/04/19 - No Further Action
2018-15 Latimer Road and Drexel Drive
From Compton Road to E. Rowan Street
Successful 68% Authorized 5/07/19 for Design/Construction
2018-14 Lambeth Drive
From Latimer Road to Dartmouth Road
Successful 75% Authorized 5/07/19 for Design/Construction
2018-13 Inglewood Lane
From Manchester Drive to Yadkin Drive
Successful 80% Authorized 4/02/19 for Design/Construction
2018-12 Thorn Ridge Road
From Ray Road to Old Hundred Road
Unsuccessful 33% Expired 12/17/18 - No Further Action
2018-11 Stewarts Glen Circle
From Stoney Run Drive to beginning of cul-de-sac on Stewarts Glen Circle
Unsuccessful 33% Expired 12/17/18 - No Further Action
2018-10 Whittier Drive
From Killington Drive to Optimist Pool Entrance
Successful 70% Authorized 3/05/19 for Design/Construction
2018-09 St Ledger Drive
From Ray Road to Mill Ridge Road
Unsuccessful 18% Expired 12/03/18 - No Further Action
2018-08 River Birch Drive
From Lynn Road to St Ledger Drive
Unsuccessful 32% Expired 12/03/18 - No Further Action
2018-07 Featherstone Drive
From Six Forks Road to Mourning Dove Road
Successful 59% Authorized 12/04/18 for Design/Construction
2018-06 Fiesta Way
from Falls of Neuse Road to the existing sidewalk at 7417 Fiesta Way
Successful 63% Authorized 12/04/18 for Design/Construction
2018-05 Three Bridges Circle
From River Birch Drive to River Birch Drive
Unsuccessful 41% Expired 9/10/18 - No Further Action
2018-04 Sweetbriar Drive
From East Millbrook Road to Pinecroft Drive
Unsuccessful 36% Expired 9/24/18 - No Further Action
2018-03 Pinecroft Drive
From Lakemont Drive to Latimer Road
Unsuccessful 23% Expired 9/24/18 - No Further Action
2018-02 Valley Drive 
From Sawmill Road to Rangecrest Road
Successful 59% Authorized 12/04/18 for Design/Construction
2018-01 Everett Avenue Cancelled In Oberlin Road Streetscape Project




Donetta Powell
Transportation Analyst


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Mobility Strategy and Infrastructure