Gorman Street before Bike upgrades

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Gorman Street Connector Project

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

The project seeks to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity on Gorman Street between the Rocky Branch Trail at Ligon Street/Sullivan Drive and the Reedy Creek Trail at Hillsborough Street/Clark Avenue. In addition to connecting the trails, the project will also connect North Carolina State University and Meredith College. The project design includes:

  • A two-way separated bicycle facility (also known as a cycle track) on the west side of the Gorman Street bridge over the North Carolina Railroad,
  • A wide sidepath on the west side of Gorman Street north and south of the bridge,
  • Improvements at the intersection of Hillsborough Street, Gorman Street, Faircloth Street, and Clark Avenue to facilitate improved bicycle and pedestrian crossing and access to the Reedy Creek Trail and Meredith College, and
  • Improvements at the intersection of Gorman Street, Sullivan Drive, and Ligon Street, to facilitate improved bicycle and pedestrian crossing and access to the Rocky Branch Trail and North Carolina State University.

The project will improve a section of the Art to Heart Corridor and the East Coast Greenway. The Art to Heart Corridor connects the North Carolina Museum of Art to downtown Raleigh, and the East Coast Greenway will ultimately be a shared-use trail connecting cities from Maine to Florida.

Project Details

Bicycle and Pedestrian
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
City of Raleigh Department of Transportation , Alta Planning + Design (Project Design Consultant), North Carolina State University (Partner), City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department (Partner)



Chad Cantrell, PE
Project Manager

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




Updated July 8,

The design plans are complete.

The project is pending construction bid authorization from NCDOT which is expected in the coming months

Next Steps


Advertise the project for construction bids.

Phase Contacts


Chad Cantrell, PE

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


During the planning process for a project to stripe and mark 27 miles of on-street bicycle facilities using a federal CMAQ grant, the project team recognized an opportunity to improve Gorman Street given its significance in Raleigh’s bicycle and pedestrian network. Conceptual plans and rough cost estimates for a two-way curb-separated bicycle facility were developed, but the scope of the striping and marking project could not include hardscape construction. Subsequently, the City of Raleigh budgeted capital funding to implement the project. Its construction will be funded by a grant awarded through the Capital Area MPO’s Locally Administered Projects Program.


Date Activity
2014 Conceptual Plan Developed
January 2016 Design Contract Awarded
Spring 2017 LAPP Grant Awarded
May 2019 City Council Presentation
Dec. 2019 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Pending Advertise for Construction Bids
Pending Award Construction Contract
Pending Pre-Construction Public Meeting
Pending Construction Complete

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