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The Traffic Calming Project Process

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The Traffic Calming Project Process

The Traffic Calming Project Process

The City of Raleigh attempts as many traffic calming projects per cycle as possible.  Staff will typically work with the top ranked 10 - 20 neighborhoods from the list of streets approved by Council for project coordination.

As each neighborhood works through the process, you will be sent mailers with a number 1 - 5 signifying in which step of the process your neighborhood is participating in.  Once you receive your mailer, please look at the number and scroll to the matching number below to learn more information.

1: Introductory Meeting: Learn About the Process 

The first step in any traffic calming project is to invite all the properties along a street and in the neighborhood to a neighborhood meeting.  At this meeting, staff will go into further detail about the process and general concepts about what a project on your street will likely look like.  Staff will also be present to answer any and all questions you may have.  In the days following the Introductory Meeting, you will receive a ballot in the mail asking if traffic calming is something you would like to pursue further.

Current Introductory Meeting and Eligible Streets


2: Initial Ballot: Should the City explore traffic calming options for this street

A traffic calming project is an option for any street that meets the criteria to receive a project, but it is not something the City will construct without a neighborhood’s approval.  At this point in the process, the City does not have a design for your street but wants to know if the neighborhood approves or disapproves of the idea for a project.  Once the Initial Ballot passes the support threshold, staff will begin working on a unique design for your street.  If the Initial Ballot fails, the street will be removed from the project list.

Initial Ballot Voting


3: Public Comment Period

With a successful Initial Ballot, staff will create a Preliminary Design based on what we believe will best address your street's unique traffic related issues. Street markings are done so that the neighborhood can physically drive the project and see the traffic calming project layout to get a feel for what a project may look like. These markings are not intended to slow cars down but allow the neighborhood to see how the project could be laid out.

Along with painting the project on the street, staff sends a request for comment in the mail with details on how to make comments.  This is done so that additional feedback can be given as the neighborhood gets a better understanding of the project layout in a real-world setting.

Staff will take all comments into consideration and adjust the plans where needed.

Public Comment Period


4: Design Meeting: Give Input

The Design Meeting will be a neighborhood’s final opportunity to give input regarding the design of their project.  Staff has compiled all the comments from the Public Comment Period and has made adjustments to the traffic calming project design based on the feedback from the neighborhood.

Staff will present the final design at the meeting.  The attendees will have one final opportunity to make comments and tweak the design further.  At the end of the meeting, a vote will be held where the design of the project will be approved.  In the days following the Design Meeting, you will receive a ballot in the mail asking if the traffic calming project as designed is something you would like to see constructed.

Final Design Meeting


5: Final Ballot: Do you want the Final Traffic Calming Design Built?

After working with a neighborhood, we want to ask the final question - Do you want the project built?  This is your final opportunity to give input on whether your neighborhood wants a project or if the traffic calming project is not something you want to have built in your neighborhood.  If the final ballot is approved, staff will present to City Council and request authorization for construction.  If the final ballot fails, the street will be removed from the project list.

Final Voting Ballot


6: Projects Approved for Construction

Once a street has successfully gone through Steps 1 – 6, staff will present the streets to City Council and request authorization for construction.  After Council reviews and approves the plans, staff will initiate the construction process.

Plans Authorized for Construction



Will Shumaker
Traffic Calming Administrator

Service Categories:
Traffic Engineering
Related Services:
Neighborhood Traffic Management