Re-striping on Duke Street, Gregson Street, and Chapel Hill Street to install bike lanes and improve crosswalks.
The planned bike lanes on Duke Street and Gregson Street will provide a safe north-south bicycling connection in downtown Durham between Main Street and Chapel Hill Street. Pedestrian and bus rider safety will also be improved by narrowing driving lanes to discourage speeding and marking crosswalks. The waterline projects provide a low-cost opportunity to restripe these streets to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in downtown Durham.
- Duke Street - Jackson Street to W Main Street
- Gregson Street - Morgan Street to W Chapel Hill Street
- Chapel Hill Street - improvements at intersections with Willard Street, Duke Street, Gregson Street, and NC 147 On-Ramp
Bike and Pedestrian Facilities
- one-way buffered bike lane
- bike boxes; two-stage turn boxes; bike intersection skips
- high visibility crosswalks
A virtual public meeting on the re-striping was be held on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 PM via Zoom. A recording of that will be available soon.
If you have any additional questions on the proposed re-striping, please contact Brian Taylor via email at Brian.Taylor@durhamnc.gov.
Scope and Timeline
The re-striping will take place in two parts, in coordination with two waterline replacement projects that will start construction in 2021.
Summer 2021 – American Tobacco District Phase 2 Waterline Replacement
- Re-stripe Duke Street from Jackson Street to Peabody Street for Buffered Bike Lane
- Re-stripe Gregson Street from Peabody Street to Chapel Hill Street for Buffered Bike Lane
- Re-stripe Chapel Hill Street to add Bike Intersection Skips at Willard, Duke, Gregson, and NC 147 Ramp
Early 2022 – W Main Street Waterline Replacement
- Re-stripe Duke Street from Peabody Street to Main Street for Buffered Bike Lane
- Re-stripe Gregson Street from Peabody Street to Morgan Street for Buffered Bike Lane
Impacts to Vehicle Traffic and Parking
Traffic Impacts: A preliminary traffic impact analysis determined that vehicle lane reductions needed to accommodate bicycle lanes would have a marginal impact on the vehicular Level of Service on Duke Street and Gregson Street. NCDOT, however, has requested that the right turn lane on Gregson Street at Chapel Hill Street remain, in order to maintain the current vehicular capacity.
Parking Impacts: Impacts on public parking in the Brightleaf district are marginal. The re-striping of Gregson Street will require the removal of three metered parking spaces. The re-striping of Duke Street will also require the removal of three metered parking spaces. A reduction of 6 metered spaces represents a 1% to 3% reduction in the estimated inventory of public parking (on-street and off-street) in the Brightleaf district.
EXISTING AND PROPOSED CROSS-SECTIONS
Summer 2021 Re-Striping
Gregson St. - Peabody to Chapel Hill (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)
Duke St. - Chapel Hill to Peabody (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)
Duke St. - Jackson to Chapel Hill (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)
Early 2022 Re-Striping
Gregson St. - W. Main to Peabody (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)
Gregson St. - Morgan to W Main (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)
Duke St. - Peabody to W. Main (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)