Downtown Durham Wayfinding Project

The Transportation Department is in the process of developing a new wayfinding system to replace the existing outdated system. 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 department hired MERJE, a nationally recognized firm with specific expertise in community wayfinding, to help with this effort.

The project began in late 2018 with an open house meeting, stakeholder meetings, and survey of residents and visitors. Another public meeting in February 2019 was held to receive feedback on specific signage design, where the department presented three design options for public comment. The steering team considered the feedback received from this meeting and an online survey in the development of a final recommended signage design, seen below. This design is mainly a combination of preferred elements identified by the community. This final design was presented to City Council in April 2019 for their comments. Project design was complete at the end of 2019.

Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2020. Anticipated completion of the first phase is expected by summer 2021.

For additional information about this project, contact Transportation Planner Evan Tenenbaum at 919-560-4366, ext. 36400,, or Transportation Engineer Pete Nicholas at (919) 560-4366, ext. 36436,