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.
Status of Current Transportation Projects
A list of all active projects (updated to April 2021) are located in the four Excel downloads below. Some of the projects in these tables also have individual project pages with more information, which you can find to the left, on the Bicycle Projects page, or on the Transit and Mobility Page.
Our major projects are divided into four categories: City of Durham-led bicycle/pedestrian projects, other City-led projects, NCDOT-led projects, and transit projects. Within each table you can sort on multiple columns, and use the Excel filter to find projects by the managing department, the name of the project, the type of facility being designed or built, or the phase of the project.
More INFORMATION ABOUT PROJECTS
Sources of Funding
- private developer though regulations set by the Development Services Center
- the City of Durham through the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) process
- Durham County through the Durham County Transit Plan (for transit-related projects)
- State of North Carolina through the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
- state or federal grants administered by the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO)
A transportation project usually goes through a few phases from conception to completion.
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.
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 in the tab "How Are Projects Funded?"
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
NCDOT or Local Maintenance
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".