Rendering of Atlantic Avenue


Atlantic Avenue Improvement Project

We strive to make Raleigh’s roadways safe for all types of transportation.

We're making improvements to Atlantic Avenue between New Hope Church Road and Highwoods Boulevard. 

We are working to improve safety and make it easier for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians to navigate this section of Atlantic Avenue. This is a Complete Streets project, designed to be safe and accessible to all users.

Improvements to the roadway will include:

  • A median with turn lanes;
  • Sidewalks; and,
  • A multi-use path.

Project Details

$11.6 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
AECOM (Design Consultant) Carolina Sunrock (Construction)



Project Manager
Dennis Trujillo

Comment Form

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



This project supports

Raleigh's Climate Plan in Action


Updated Sept. 2

We had a virtual Advanced Design Touchpoint in June. The presentation is still available, and public comments and staff responses are posted below.

Advanced Design Survey Results

Public Comments & Responses from Advanced Design Touchpoint 

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Right of Way Acquisition

Updated Sept. 17

This phase is complete

Next Steps

  • Bring Construction bid to City Council for approval.
  • Hold a Pre-Construction Meeting in the fall.
Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Project Update

Carolina Sunrock, the new construction contractor, is scheduled to resume work starting in early January 2024.

Their first priorities are to replace and repair erosion control along the project limits and ensure all construction signage is in place. Once that is done, crews will start work on a section of the sewer main that needs to be replaced. This work will occur behind the current barricade at the temporary traffic shift between New Hope Church Road and Ingram Drive. While this work is underway, other crews will start installing new storm drains near the intersection of New Hope Church Road and at the Highwoods Blvd. intersection. 

We thank you for your patience as we complete this important project.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Date Activity
April 10, 2019 Pre-design Public Meeting
Sept. 2019 Preliminary Plans Public Meeting
June 2020 Design Plan Public Touchpoint
Summer 2020 City Council Project Presentation
Summer 2021 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Summer 2021 Advertise for Construction Bids
Late Summer 2021 Award Construction Contract
Feb, 22, 2022 Pre-construction Meeting
Construction Activity Ceased Spring 2023 - Fall 2023
Carolina Sunrock Awarded Remainder of Construction Contract Fall 2023
Construction Activity Resumes January 2024
Project Completed Summer 2025

Public Art

The project will include a public art component. The City selected Durham artist David Wilson as the artist for this project. To learn more about the artist selected, and give your input visit the Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project page.


During the early construction phase of this project the construction contractor, JSmith Civil, stopped work on the project. The City worked with Westfield, JSmith Civil's bonding company, to arrange for the project’s completion by a replacement contractor. In Late 2023, Carolina Sunrock was selected as the contractor to complete the Atlantic Avenue Project.    

The Atlantic Avenue Widening Project is part of the Capital Improvement Program.

Key factors the City and our design consultants will consider during the design processes are:

  • The existing street is a four-lane undivided roadway with a sidewalk on the east side.
  • The intersection at Ingram Street has been a high-crash location historically, made difficult by rolling topography.
  • The east side of this section of Atlantic Avenue is mainly residential, and any widening will likely occur on the other side of the street.