Rendering of Atlantic Avenue

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Atlantic Avenue Improvement Project

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

The City of Raleigh is going to improve Atlantic Avenue between New Hope Church Road and Highwoods Boulevard. 

The proposed project will improve safety and make it easier for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians to navigate this section of the corridor.

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) - JSmith Civil (Construction)



Ben Possiel , PE
Project Manager

Comment Form

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




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


Updated Summer 2022

Construction is underway!

Crews are focusing on clearing and grading for the temporary road that will be built between New Hope Church and the Comfort Court. The temporary road is needed so crews can raise the grade of the Road near Ingram Drive. 

Watch the Project Update Video

We have produced a short video. In this video the Project Manager explains the works taking place along the corridor, and what the public should expect next.  

Atlantic Avenue Project Update Video - Spring 2022 - Roadway Design and Construction

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
Early 2024 Project Complete

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.


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.


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