Downtown Durham Wayfinding Project

The Transportation Department is in the process of developing a new wayfinding system to replace the existing outdated program.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

The project began in late 2018 with an open house meeting, stakeholder meetings, and survey of residents and visitors. Project installation is expected to begin in 2019 with an anticipated construction completion by the end of 2020. The Transportation Department will be responsible for the entire project administration with technical oversight provided by North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Residents and visitors are invited to attend a public meeting for the Downtown Durham Wayfinding project on Wednesday, February 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Durham Armory, located at 212 Foster St., to review the proposed designs and give their feedback. Parking is available in on-street metered spaces and in nearby parking garages, and this location can also be accessed on GoDurham Route 4. For residents who are unable to attend the meeting, materials will also be posted on the City’s website.    

For additional information about this project, watch the November 8, 2018 Bull City Today episode or contact Transportation Engineer Pete Nicholas at (919) 560-4366, ext. 36436 or Peter.Nicholas@DurhamnNC.gov.