Duke/Gregson Re-striping

PROJECT SUMMARY

Re-striping on Duke Street, Gregson Street, and Chapel Hill Street to install bike lanes and improve crosswalks.

Purpose

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.

Location

  • 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

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Public Meeting

A virtual public meeting on the re-striping will be held on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Follow the link below to register for the public meeting.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwldOiurD8jGtdCESvsXVsktWQjZbyA0SCY

Survey

You can make comments on the proposed re-striping via this survey

Interactive Map

You can also review an interactive map of the re-striping plans and provide comments to staff here.

Project Contact

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

  1. Re-stripe Duke Street from Jackson Street to Peabody Street for Buffered Bike Lane
  2. Re-stripe Gregson Street from Peabody Street to Chapel Hill Street for Buffered Bike Lane
  3. 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

  1. Re-stripe Duke Street from Peabody Street to Main Street for Buffered Bike Lane
  2. 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)

Existing Cross Section - Gregson St. from Peabody to Chapel Hill

Proposed Cross Section - Gregson St. from Peabody to Chapel Hill

Duke St. -  Chapel Hill to Peabody (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom)

Existing Cross Section - Duke St. from Chapel Hill to Peabody

Proposed Cross Section - Duke St. from Chapel Hill to Peabody

Duke St. -  Jackson to Chapel Hill (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom) Existing Cross Section - Duke St. from Jackson to Chapel Hill

Proposed Cross Section - Duke St. from Jackson to Chapel Hill


Early 2022 Re-Striping

Gregson St. -  W. Main to Peabody (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom) Existing Cross Section - Gregson St. from W. Main to Peabody

Proposed Cross Section - Gregson St. from W. Main to Peabody

Gregson St. -  Morgan to W Main (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom) 

Proposed Cross Section - Gregson St. from Morgan to W. Main

Duke St. -  Peabody to W. Main (looking north) - Existing (top) and Proposed (bottom) 

Proposed Cross Section - Duke St. from Peabody to W. Main