Proposed pedestrian bride over Wade Ave.

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Blue Ridge Road Bike-Ped Improvements Project

We are dedicated to improving bicycle and pedestrian connectivity in Raleigh.

 

We are making improvements to the bike and pedestrian infrastructure along Blue Ridge Road from just north of Trinity Road to Reedy Creek Road. 

The Blue Ridge Road Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvement Project is an implementation step of the Blue Ridge Road District Study.

The City is completing the project in two phases. Phase I was the planning and development stage of the project. Phase I of the project included public involvement, which helped to dictate the preliminary plans for the project.

The project is now in phase II. Phase II of the project includes completing final design plans through construction.

The scope of the project includes:

  • A 10-foot multi-use path (MUP) on the west side of Blue Ridge Road from approximately 390 feet north of Trinity Road to the northwest quadrant of the westbound on/off-ramps to/from Wade Avenue intersection;
  • A 10-foot MUP from the existing six-foot sidewalk along the frontage of the North Carolina Museum of Art extending to the westbound Wade Avenue off-ramp. Pedestrians will then cross Blue Ridge Road and continue south towards a prefabricated pedestrian bridge over Wade Avenue; and,
  • A protected intersection at Reedy Creek.

Project Details

 
Type:
Bicycle and Pedestrian
Budget:
$5.5 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
City of Raleigh Department of Transportation , A. Morton Thomas & Associates, Inc. (Project Design Consultant), Northwest and West (CACs)

Contact

 

Brian Roth-Roffy, PE
Project Manager
 

Jason Myers

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

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Planning

This phase is complete.

Lead Department:
Transportation

Design

Updated Oct. 7

The proposed improvements for phase II of the project include:

  • A pedestrian bridge over Wade Avenue;
  • A multi-use path;
  • New sidewalk; and, 
  • A protected intersection at Reedy Creek Road. 

Next Steps

 

A presentation to City Council is scheduled for this November.

Phase Contacts

 

Brian Roth-Roffy, PE
Project Manager
 

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Construction

Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Complete

Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Advanced Designs

Key takeaways:

  • NCDOT has two projects in this area. One of them includes the addition of a multi-use path that we will connect to.
  • We are proposing the installation of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning Wade Avenue.
  • Modifications to the intersection of Wade Avenue and Blue Ridge Road will increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The protected intersection at Reedy Creek Road and the North Carolina Museum of Art is intended to be maneuvered in a counterclockwise direction.

Blue Ridge Road Bike & Ped Project - Roadway Design & Construction

We are making improvements to the bike and pedestrian infrastructure along Blue Ridge Road from just north of Trinity Road to Reedy Creek Road.

Ready Creek Road & Blue Ridge Road Intersection

How to Use The Protected Intersection 

If a bicyclist is traveling north on Blue Ridge Road and wants to head west on Reedy Creek Road, the bicyclist is to:

  • Enter the intersection,
  • Cross the North Carolina Museum of Art driveway entrance;
  • Cross Blue Ridge Road; and,
  • Stay along the dedicated bike lane heading west on Reedy Creek Road.

For bicyclists on the Reedy Creek Trail, the extra-wide crossing on Blue Ridge Road for bicyclists and pedestrians accommodates this east & west movements.

Landscaping enhancements are proposed behind the bus stop at the intersection with Reedy Creek Road. The landscape character here will echo that of the Art Museum across the street and contribute to the experience of pedestrians and cyclists using the Reedy Creek Greenway. The landscape will also screen adjacent parking areas and will include a modest treatment on the northwest corner of the intersection.

Funding

Estimated Cost = $ 5.5 million (includes right of way, utilities and construction costs)

What’s Next?

A presentation to City Council is scheduled for this November .

Schedule

Date Activity
August 2012 Adopted District Plan
July 8, 2016 Walking Audit with Corridor Stakeholders
September 15, 2016 Appearance Commission and Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board Presentations
September 19, 2016 Bicycle & Pedestrians Advisory Commission Presentation
Fall 2016 Preliminary Design and Cost Estimate
October 2016 LAPP Funding Application Due
Spring 2017 Project did not earn 2018 LAPP funding
Summer 2017 Project did not earn 2018 LAPP funding
Summer 2018 Becomes Roadway Design & Construction Project
Feb. 3, 2020 Preliminary Plan Public Meeting
Late Spring 2020 Design Plan Public Touchpoint
Fall 2020 City Council Presentation
Fall 2020 Start Right of Way & Easement Acquisition
Winter 2021 Advertise for Construction Bids
Spring 2021 Award Construction Contract
Summer 2022 Project Complete

History

The Blue Ridge Road Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvement Project is an implementation step of the Blue Ridge Road District Study.

The City is completing the project in two phases. Phase I included the design concepts for pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the corridor, including right-of-way and construction estimates, project delivery schedules, and potential funding sources. Public involvement was critical during this phase and input dictated the selection of a preferred alternative.

The project is now in Phase II, which includes the final design and construction of roadway and sidewalk improvements.

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