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Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Blount St & Person St Two-Way Conversion Project

Improving mobility and connectivity for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic

We are proposing to make improvements to Blount Street, Person Street, and a section of Wake Forest Road.

Things we are considering include:

  • Enhancing the bike lanes along the corridor; 
  • Adding traffic calming measure in some areas;
  • Installing two roundabouts, one at Delway Street and Person Street and the other at Wake Forest Road and Automotive Way; and,
  • Converting  Blount Street and Person Street from their current one-way operation into two streets with two-way traffic. This new traffic pattern will only be between Edenton Street and Wake Forest Road.

Our goal is to make the Blount Street and Person Street corridor safe and comfortable for all users. We call this a complete Street. 

What are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets accommodate all types of transportation, allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, vehicles, commercial and emergency vehicles to safely navigating City streets.

Project Details

 
Type:
Streets
Budget:
9.4 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
Kimley-Horn

Contact

 

Reuben Moore, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4171

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

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Design

Updated Spring 2022

The design team is developing design plans based on feedback we received from the public survey, stakeholder feedback, and engineering judgement. 

Our goal is to turn the Blount and Person Street corridor into a complete street, balancing the range of mobility needs by providing a place for all transportation types.
The project's design process is scheduled to take nearly two years and will include extensive public input.

Last summer we conducted a corridor user survey to help our team understand how the people of Raleigh use the Blount and Person Street corridor. This information has helped us assess how to integrate key aspects of the Downtown Transportation Plan, Wake County Transportation Plan, and BRT in keeping with the intent of the Blount and Person Street Corridor Plan.

Last fall the team developed design concepts and asked for your feedback. We conducted a survey asking for you to tell us what options you liked best for the corridor. We also have met with many of stakeholders along the corridor and will be looking at public survey results and feedback we received from those stakeholder to help the team decide on the best design options for the corridor.

Next Steps

 

Complete early design plans.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Schedule

Activity Date
Pre-Design Touchpoint May -June 2020
virtual Open House Sept. 2021
Design Meeting Pending
Pre-Construction Meeting Pending
Construction Starts Pending
Project Complete Pending

Project Details

The Blount Street – Person Street Corridor Study was adopted in 2013, before the Downtown Transportation Plan or Wake County Transit Plan were in consideration, and before a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project was conceived. Accordingly, we will develop the Blount St and Person St Two-Way Traffic Conversion Project keeping these other plans’ objectives into consideration.

The Downtown Transportation Plan has objectives related to all types of travel and talks about assigning streets a modal priority and how to balance tradeoffs within a downtown setting. It discusses how high-quality BRT and bicycle facilities can impact other desirable street features like on-street parking and loading zones. 

The Wake County Transit Plan includes increased transit funding that will develop Frequent Transit Routes with the goal of a 15-minute interval service for 18 hours a day.  BRT service will use exclusive lanes, prepaid boarding stations with platforms, signal priority, and less frequent intermediate stops to provide quick travel times to Downtown.  The New Bern BRT project is in the design stage and will use a portion of Blount Street to access GoRaleigh Station.  The BRT project will further study the use of BRT lanes and stations by these Frequent Routes and by Express Buses to provide a broader range of service for these time-saving investments.  

The portion of the Blount Street – Person Street Corridor that is considered “Downtown” is between Shaw University and William Peace University. 
 
The City will need the approval of the North Carolina Department of Transportation for this project because both streets are NCDOT-owned and maintained streets.  

Because of preliminary traffic analysis and the functioning of the BRT, staff has chosen to not make any improvements to the section between MLK Boulevard and Edenton Street, and the two-way conversion will be from Edenton Street north. The section between Edenton and Hammond Road of both Blount and Person will remain one-way streets. 

Public Art

The project will include a public art component. The City and a team of stakeholders selected J. Stacy Utley and Erwin Harris as the artist for this project. To learn more about the project, the artist selected, and give your input visit the Blount-Person Corridor Public Art Project page.

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