Lake Boone Trail Between the I-440 ramps and Ridge Road, showing road in current condition

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Lake Boone Trail Safety Improvements

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

The Lake Boone Trail Safety Improvement Project is a Complete Streets project. The project limits are from the I-440 ramps to Ridge Road.

The project includes:

  • A road diet;
  • Repaving;
  • Traffic signal modifications; and,
  • Bicycle/pedestrian improvements.

Lake Boone Trail is currently a four-lane undivided street. The project will reduce travel lanes along the roadway to two lanes between the I-440 ramps and Ridge Road. We will install a left turn lane, and bicycle lanes along the street. The project also proposes at least one pedestrian refuge island to improve connectivity to transit and the House Creek Greenway Trail.

Project Details

 
Type:
Streets
Budget:
$1.3 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
AMT Engineering

Contact

 

Brian Roth-Roffy, PE
Project Manager

Jason Myers
Transportation Planning 

Project Comment Form

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

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Design

Updated June 2022

Based off of feedback we received during and after our design meeting in March we have decided to allow left turns into Thomas Drive from Lake Boone Trail using channelizing medians. View the updated design plan. 

We have submitted the advanced design plans to NCDOT and the City's Development Services Division for review.  

We selected AMT Engineering to be the design consultant for this project. The team developed the early designs plans and we held a virtual public touchpoint March 11 - 25, showing the proposed design plans and to gather public feedback. 

Here are FAQs from the feedback we received during the open house.  Materials from the open house are also still available at the links below. The open house comment period is over. However, if you have questions or comments about the project please feel free to fill out the project comment form at anytime during this project, and a project team member will respond. 

Open House Materials 

We had a public virtual meeting on March 16, that meeting is recorded and can be viewed below. Also available are the design plan maps that show the proposed improvements, and we developed a brief video that explains some of the proposed improvements. 

Full Design Map

Design Map - I-440 Ramps

Design Map - Near Ridge Road

We had a live virtual public meeting on March 16, 2022.

Live Virtual event Video

Lake Boone Trail Safety Improvement Design Presentation - Roadway Design and Construction

Phase Contacts

 

Brian Roth-Roffy, PE

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Voiceover Presentation

Don't have time to watch the whole meeting but want to know the nuts and bolts of the project. This short video gives an overview of the project. 

 

Lake Boone Trail Safety Improvements Design Presentation - Roadway Design and Construction

Schedule

Activity Date
Virtual Pre-Design Touchpoint July 20 - Aug. 3
Start Design Process Fall 2021
Design Phase Public Meeting Winter 2022
Advertise for Construction Contracts Fall 2022
Construction Complete Summer 2023

Project Scope

Two images showing the reduced number of crash points with a three lane roadway verses a four lane roadway.

A three lane road pattern reduces the number of points of conflict between moving vehicles as illustrated in this diagram from a Federal Highway Administration Safety Program Information guide.

Lake Boone Trail is currently a four-lane street without turn lanes or bike lanes. This lane configuration tends to have more crashes because of conflicts with turning vehicles.

When drivers wait to turn left onto a side street or the interstate, they block a travel lane. Sometimes this leads to rear-end crashes, or drivers change lanes to go around stopped cars and cause a sideswipe crash. The main part of the project is a lane reconfiguration. We will change this section of Lake Boone Trail to a three-lane roadway with a center turn lane.

The new lane pattern reduces the number of points of conflict between moving vehicles.

We will also add bike lanes and improve pedestrian safety along the corridor. The project will include adding at least one pedestrian refuge island, making it easier and safer for people crossing the street. 

Watch the Pre-Design Video to learn more about the planning of the project. 

Lake Boone Trail Safety Improvement Pre-Design - Roadway Design and Construction

Project History

Lake Boone Trail was identified in the City of Raleigh's 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The evolution of the project also stems from street design changes and Raleigh’s street standards that were adopted in 2013.

The 2013, City of Raleigh Street Plan designates this section of Lake Boone Trail as a two-lane divided avenue. This street was previously designated as a minor thoroughfare.

The City of Raleigh secured federal funding in February 2021 through the North Carolina Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Locally Administered Project’s Program (LAPP).

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