Roadway Design & Construction Division

Engineering Services Department

Last updated Jun. 06, 2017 - 4:35 pm
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The City of Raleigh's Roadway Design & Construction Division of Engineering Services handles the oversight of street, sidewalk, bridge and various other types of public improvement projects throughout the City. The division also oversees the management of the City's street and sidewalk petition program and the assessment calculation and maintenance of assessment files.

Contact Information:
Roadway Design & Construction Manager: Chris Johnson, PE 919-996-4112
Raleigh Municipal Building, 222 W. Hargett St. - 4th Floor
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Assessments & Petitions

The Assessments and Petitions Section work with project engineers and City staff to determine which properties will be affected by roadway and utility projects. They provide ownership lists to make sure the public is notified of upcoming projects, calculate estimated assessment fees, review as-built construction plans to calculate assessment fees, prepare assessment rolls, and work with CADD Services to prepare assessment maps for city council.
Assessment Information

Assessment Policy
Recent & Upcoming Assessment Hearings

Street and sidewalk petitions require the section to work with project engineers to determine design options available. They prepare petition packets for petitioners to route to abutting property owners, determine if petitions meet City Council requirements and make recommendations to the City Manager, in reference to possible petition projects.
Sidewalk Petitions
Street Petitions

Contact Information: Assessment Supervisor, James Plescher 919-996-4106.

CADD Services

CADD Services staff provide the Roadway Design & Construction Division and its customers with a variety of services including (but not limited to) engineering automation, large-scale digital scanning, technical support, problem-solving, and training.

CADD Services works directly with Project Engineers and Survey staff within Engineering Services to:

  • Produce standardized maps for Street Improvements, Assessments, Petitions, Annexations and Right of Way Plats
  • Manage Engineering Services map files (have been converted to digital format for improved efficiency)

All drawings and maps are produced in MicroStation V8i and GeoPak formats. AutoCAD and ArcGIS software packages are also used by the CADD staff as needed for design purposes. All construction plans and drawings conform to either the City of Raleigh specifications or to the latest edition of the NCDOT Standard Specifications for Road and Structures.

Contact Information: CADD Services Supervisor, Brian Alford 919-996-4099.

Contract Inspections

Contract Inspections provides inspection services for construction within public rights of way for City funded projects. Our field inspectors work with project engineers and contractors to assure conformance with the approved plans and specifications for streets, water and sewer mains, storm drainage systems, sidewalks, and driveways.

Contact Information: Contract Inspections Coordinator, David Brannan 919-996-6823.


Roadway staff performs design work and/or manages private consultants design work in conjunction with the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Projects include street, sidewalk, bridge, streetscape, and various other types of public improvement projects. Staff also performs design work on Street, Sidewalk, and Major Streetscape Petition Projects that have been approved by City Council.

Street and Sidewalk Projects
Street Projects
Sidewalk Projects

Contact Information:

Capital Improvement Projects - Sylvester Percival, Senior Project Engineer, 919-996-4053

Neighborhood Street and Sidewalk Petition Projects - Talal Shahbander, Senior Project Engineer, 919-996-4051

Survey Services

The Survey Services Section provides land surveying support for all City of Raleigh departments. The Survey Section provides the following services:

  • Topographic surveys
  • Boundary surveys
  • Construction staking on City capital improvement projects
  • Right-of-way determination and location
  • Annexation maps and annexation review
  • Review of legal descriptions associated with sales of property or right-of-way

This internal support group is prohibited by City of Raleigh policy from performing private surveys.

Contact Information: Surveying Supervisor, A. F. Felton 919-996-4118.

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