Traffic Calming Steps

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 - 3 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 and Preliminary Design Meeting: Learn about traffic calming and how it can be applied to your street!

The first step in the traffic calming project process is to invite all the properties along a street and in the neighborhood to a neighborhood meeting.  At this meeting, staff will go over the project process, go over the various traffic calming treatments, and provide a design showing how they could be applied to your street.  Staff will also be available to answer any and all questions you may have.

Staff will also use white surveyor paint to mark your street in the proposed design so you can experience what the proposed project could feel like if constructed. 

Based on the design comments from the neighborhood, staff will update the plans where eligible.

Current Introductory Meeting and Eligible Streets


2: 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

3: 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

4: Projects Approved for Construction

Once a street has successfully gone through Steps 1 – 3, 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