Current Plans and Projects
The City of Durham is currently working on many transportation projects of all different modes. Some of these projects are in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and some are local projects.
HOW ARE PROJECTS FUNDED?
HOW ARE PROJECTS DONE?
A transportation project usually goes through a few phases from conception to completion.
Planning: the City works with the community to identify and evaluate options for improving transportation in an area. An official study or plan might be needed depending on the size and scope of the project. The study or plan goes to City Council or another regional body for adoption. The departments usually responsible for this phase include Transportation, Parks and Recreation (for trails), and City-County Planning.
Funding: has to be identified for design and construction work on the project. Projects adopted can stay inactive until funding can be achieved. Large corridor projects that are often funded with a combination of federal and City funding. This can sometimes occur before the Planning Phase. Funding sources are discussed above.
Design: The City hires a design consultant or uses an in-house team to draft detailed plans and specifications needed to construct a project. Public involvement is conducted early in the design process to collect input on preliminary designs. Usually, Transportation or General Services is in charge of this phase.
Right-of-way: The City acquires the property rights needed for easements or to build and maintain facilities outside of the right-of-way. Usually, the General Services Department is in charge of this phase.
Utility relocation: Utility infrastructure (e.g. overhead power lines, water and sewer lines, underground gas lines, etc.) are moved as needed to make way for construction. Usually, the General Services Department is in charge of this phase.
Construction: A construction contractor is responsible for building the project according to the prepared plans and specifications. The contractor must also work to minimize service disruption, prevent soil erosion, manage traffic impacts from the project, and protect all public and private property in the work area. At the start of this phase, residents, property owners, business owners and others in the vicinity of the construction site are notified when work is expected to begin and end. Usually, the General Services Department or the Public Works Department is in charge of this phase.
Maintenance: After completion, projects are maintained for upkeep, re-pavement, and repair by either the City of Durham or NCDOT. Usually, the Public Works Department is in charge of maintenance of city roads.
This map shows which roads are NCDOT/State maintained . To learn the current status of a project on an NCDOT maintained road, see NCDOT's Construction Progress Report. Under the County box, choose "Durham".
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT PROJECTS
- The status of projects managed or constructed by the Public Works Department are available on Public Works' active projects page.
- The status of projects managed or constructed by the General Services Department are available on their Highlighted Construction Projects page.
- More information on trails and greenways is available on the Parks and Recreation website.
- More information on regional projects and studies, along with long-term transportation plans are available on the DCHC MPO Website.
- More information on transit projects in Durham is available on GoTriangle's website.
- Visit our Bicycle and Pedestrian Maps page for interactive maps of all current bicycle and pedestrian projects in Durham.
STATUS OF CURRENT TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
A list of all active projects are in the table below, some with links to pages with more information about the project. The status of every active project can also be found here in detail.
NCDOT proposes to widen N.C. 55 (Alston Avenue) to a mostly four lane median divided roadway with curb and gutter from N.C. 147 (I.L. "Buck" Dean Freeway) to U.S. 70 Business/N.C. 98 (Holloway Street). This project will include sidewalks on both sides of the roadway and wide outside lanes to accommodate bicycles.
American Drive being redesigned for bicycle lanes and sidewalks between Constitution Drive and Morreene Road
Proposed improvements for bicycles on Cornwallis Road between South Roxboro and Fayetteville Street, narrowing the road from five to three lanes, adding buffered bicycle facilities, and connecting to other planned bicycle facilities
The City’s Transportation Department is in the process of developing a new wayfinding system to replace the existing outdated program. The wayfinding signage will help people to more easily find their way around downtown, find public parking, and encourage visitors to discover attractions and other community assets.
The East End Connector is a freeway project within the City of Durham and Durham County that will consist of constructing a multi-lane facility from NC 147 to U.S. 70 (Miami Boulevard) with improvements to U.S. 70 Bypass.
Bicycle Improvements on Fayetteville Street between Umstead and Main narrowing the road from five to three lanes, adding buffered bicycle facilities, and connecting to other planned bicycle facilities
Bicycle improvements on Lakewood Ave from Fayetteville Street to South Duke Street to connect the proposed bicycle facilities on Fayetteville Street and the existing bicycle lanes on Blackwell Street and University Drive, as well as improve access to the American Tobacco Trail
Bicycle improvements along Liberty Street between Dillard Street and North Miami Boulevard.
Description of the East Main Street bike lanes project, spanning from Elizabeth Street to Alston Avenue
Meriwether Drive Bicycle Improvements between Old Oxford Road and Carver Street
Web page for Central Durham Transportation Study
North Miami Boulevard Bicycle Improvements between Geer Street and Raynor Street
Raynor Street Bicycle Improvements between Liberty Street and North Miami Boulevard
Bicycle Improvements on Stadium Drive and Olympic Avenue between Horton Road and Roxboro Road.
Information regarding the City's project on Woodcroft Parkway Extension, from Hope Valley Road to Garret Road.