Oberlin Road Streetscape Project
Oberlin Road is undergoing an evolution influenced by redevelopment activity that is supported by strong demand for business and residential space in the Cameron Village area. The construction of mixed use buildings and their associated streetscape improvements will help to redefine the character and use of the street. These changes raise the question of how to more fully integrate multimodal transportation uses within the corridor. Extending streetscape improvements along Oberlin Road and connecting to the surrounding community are important to creating a continuous character and to reinforce a reliable network of travel options within the area.
The final report of the Oberlin Road Streetscape Plan has been submitted for consideration by City Council. Council is expected to consider the plan during their meeting on November 18, 2014. The plan focuses on improving the sidewalk environment in the study area. To implement the capital project portion of the streetscape plan, staff recommends dividing the work into two stages in order to make small, meaningful improvements more rapidly, and to manage the uncertainty in implementing the more extensive investments. Please contact Jason Myers if you have questions or concerns. Stay informed of future updates by signing up for Oberlin Road Streetscape Project communications through MyRaleigh Subscriptions.
Draft Goal Statement
The Wade/Oberlin Small Area Plan of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan recognizes this ongoing evolution and identifies Oberlin Road as the “main street” of the area emphasizing the need to more fully integrate pedestrian, bike, auto, and transit uses into a well-landscaped and attractive streetscape that serves people of all abilities.
The Oberlin Road Streetscape Project will focus on improvements to the pedestrian realm by installing improved sidewalks with appropriate trees, lighting, and street furniture. Recommendations also include some high-priority segments of connecting sidewalks, improved pedestrian crossings, and improvements to overhead utilities in support of the streetscape. Changes to the allocation of street space and a road diet are not under consideration as a part of this project.