A concept drawing of what a section of Six Forks Rd will look like when the project is complete

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Six Forks Road Improvements

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

This project is a result of the Six Forks Corridor Study Report and the Comprehensive Plan amendments CP-5-17 that were unanimously approved by Raleigh City Council on June 5, 2018.
The proposed improvements to Six Forks Road will address infrastructure improvements to the corridor between Rowan Street and Lynn Road, identified as phase 1 in the study report.

Project Details

$ 31.4 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
RK&K (Design Consultant)



Chad Cantrell, PE
Project Manager

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




Updated June 9

Project Design Update 

The goal of the project is to make Six Forks Road, between Rowan Street and Lynn Road, a complete street. Creating a safe and comfortable corridor for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic. 

This past October we kicked off the project with a Virtual Pre-Design Touchpoint and corridor user survey. The presentation and survey results are available below.

We are in the early design phase for this Project. During this phase of the design we are working out elements of the project such as:

  • Lane widths - We are exploring narrower travel lanes to help reduce the speed of vehicles along the corridor;
  • Speed limit - We are looking at possibilities of reducing the speed limit;
  • Protected intersections - We will be installing them along the corridor. Protected intersections create a safe environment for pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic with designated crosswalks for both pedestrians and cyclists plus corner “islands” that create a setback for bike and pedestrian users to wait for oncoming vehicle traffic to pass. The islands also force vehicles to reduce their speed when turning while providing additional visibility of pedestrians and cyclists trying to cross the street.
  • Public art - Architect and public artist Carrie Gault is gathering inspiration and learning about the Six Forks Road community. You can find more information about the artist and how to share input and stories about the area on our Project webpage. 

The short Video below has more details.


    Six Forks Road Update One - Roadway Design and Construction

    In late October, we kicked off the Six Forks Road Improvement Project with a Virtual Pre-Design Touchpoint and corridor user survey. This video introduces and explains some of the improvements we propose as part of the project.

    Next Steps


    Our team is working on the design plans, and we are scheduled to show them to the public and gather public feedback this summer. 

    Phase Contacts


    Chad Cantrell, PE
    Project Manager

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Meet the Team

    Chad Cantrell, PE - Project Manager 
    Chad manages all aspects of the project's design process and will also oversee construction activity. 

    RK&K - Design Consultant 
    The design consultant works with the project manager to develop the project's design. 

    Sarah Beth Gentry - Real Estate Analyst 
    Sarah Beth is the City's Real Estate Analyst assigned to the Six Forks Road Project. She will start to reach out to property owners along the corridor after the City holds its Design Public Touchpoint and presents the project's design to City Council.

    Proposed Design Renderings

    This is the proposed design for the protected intersection at the intersection of Six Forks Road and Sandy Forks Road. 

    This is rendering of the proposed design near Carrol Middle School.

    This is a rendering of the proposed bike lane design along Six Forks Road.

    The proposed typical section for Six Forks Road.

    The project is between Rowan Street and Lynn Road.

    Public Engagement

    Pre-Design Public Touchpoint

    We held a pre-design virtual touchpoint in late October 2020, and finished colleting public comments in mid-November 2020.  

    View Corridor User survey and Public Comments  

    What is the Pre-Design?

    Pre-design is when we conduct preliminary topographical surveys, traffic analysis, and public and private utility location investigations. This information helps our engineers determine early concepts we can bring to the table for our roadway improvement projects.

    The Six Forks Road Improvement Project is a result of a corridor study that also helped to guide the design concepts that we are proposing.

    Project highlights include:
    • Widening road to accommodate three lanes of travel in each direction with a planted median;
    • Separated bike lane and sidewalks on each side of the road;
    • Signal improvements and protected intersections for cyclists and pedestrians;
    • Transit stops;
    • Green stormwater infrastructure;
    • Landscaping and other amenities.

    Past Public Engagement Events

    Event Date
    Pre-Design Public Touchpoint October 2020
    Mid-Town alliance Meeting Presentation Spring 2021
    District A Town Hall Meeting Presentation June 2021

    Public Art

    The project will include a public art component. The City selected Carrie Gault, a registered architect and public artist whose work has been recognized both regionally and nationally and is known for its sensitivity to community, site, and environment.

    The artist is gathering inspiration and learning about the Six Forks Road community. Visit the PublicInput project page to view community comments, find out about upcoming stakeholder meetings, and share input and stories about the neighborhood.

    To learn more about the artist and her work on the Six Forks Road Public Art Project page.


    Activity Date
    Pre-construction Public Touchpoint Oct. 2020
    Design Public Touchpoint Summer 2021
    City Council Presentation Late Summer 2021

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