When will construction start and how long will it take?

Construction begins in June 2016 and lasts until late fall 2017. Work will take place on the south side of the street until winter 2017 with the reconstruction of the north side of Hillsborough Street scheduled for winter 2017, through late spring 2017.  Work on the medians and roundabouts will begin in the summer of 2017 and run until fall 2017. The project is expected to be fully complete by Nov. 2017.

For more information see the Hillsborough Street Renewal Project Survival Guide.


What are the fundamental goals of the design?

Raleigh has a Complete Streets Policy, with this in mind the Hillsborough Street Project proposes to convert the existing 4-lane Hillsborough Street to a 2-lane configuration promoting the multi-modal use and offering more transportation choices, all while improving livability, safety, and providing a reliable transportation network.  The addition of three roundabouts will enable to the reduction of traffic signals, creating a smooth flow of traffic at slower speeds along the corridor. The improvements will reduce traffic congestion along the street and improve pedestrian and bike safety.


What is a Complete Street?

Complete Streets, provide safe access for all users, and are designed, constructed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work or school. 


Is there more information on Raleigh’s Complete Street policy?

Yes, the City of Raleigh Complete Street Policy.

Why build roundabouts?

Roundabouts can provide lasting benefits and value in many ways.  They are often safer, more efficient, less costly and more aesthetically appealing than conventional intersection designs.  Furthermore, roundabouts are an excellent choice to complement other transportation objectives – including Complete Streets, multi-modal networks, and corridor access management – without compromising the ability to keep people and freight moving through.

Federal Highway Administration Roundabout Safety Webpage


How to drive a roundabout.

For examples on how to use roundabouts see the City of Calabasas, CA; “Traveling the Roundabout” –An interactive, instructional web tool for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

What is the cost of the project?

The project cost is 17.5 million (including design, permitting, and construction). 


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