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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

During the development of the Blount St and Person St Corridor Study, the community expressed a desire to have the corridor be safe and highly attractive to pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.

Our goal is to turn the Blount St and Person St corridor into a complete street, balancing the range of mobility needs by providing a place for all types of transportation.   

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 June 8

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.

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 will help 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.

Results from the Blount St & Person St, Phase II - Corridor User Study 

Last summer a traffic analysis along the corridor was conducted using pre-COVID-19 numbers. Based on these findings, City staff is currently looking at the project scope and possible modifications to the original scope planned during the 2013 corridor plan. The team is also met with key stakeholders along the corridor to discuss the project and get feedback regarding possible scope modifications.

Next Steps

 

The team is working on our early design plans. We are scheduled to have our next public touchpoint this summer. During this touchpoint staff will review the early design plans with the public.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Blount St & Person St Two-Way Conversion Project: Pre-Design Touchpoint

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 study possible scenarios for the two-way conversion project.

Due to the development of these plans, City staff and our consultant are studying alternates to the original strategies outlined in the corridor study. 

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.

Schedule

Activity Date
Pre-Design Touchpoint May 28 - June 16
Design Meeting Summer 2021
Pre-Construction Meeting Spring 2022
Construction Completed Pending

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