Gorman Street Connector

Last updated Nov. 26, 2018 - 3:30 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Project
  • $410,000
  • Hillsborough
  • Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
  • City of Raleigh Department of Transportation
  • Alta Planning + Design (Project Design Consultant)
  • North Carolina State University (Partner)
  • City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department (Partner)

Current Activity

The Gorman Street Connector Project is now an Engineering Services, Roadway Design & Construction project. The design consultant, Alta Planning and Design, is working on the design plans.


The project seeks to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity on Gorman Street between the Rocky Branch Trail at Ligon Street/Sullivan Drive and the Reedy Creek Trail at Hillsborough Street/Clark Avenue. In addition to connecting the trails, the project will also connect North Carolina State University and Meredith College. The project design includes:

  • A two-way separated bicycle facility (also known as a cycle track) on the west side of the Gorman Street bridge over the North Carolina Railroad,
  • A wide sidepath on the west side of Gorman Street north and south of the bridge,
  • Improvements at the intersection of Hillsborough Street, Gorman Street, Faircloth Street, and Clark Avenue to facilitate improved bicycle and pedestrian crossing and access to the Reedy Creek Trail and Meredith College, and
  • Improvements at the intersection of Gorman Street, Sullivan Drive, and Ligon Street, to facilitate improved bicycle and pedestrian crossing and access to the Rocky Branch Trail and North Carolina State University.

The project will improve a section of the Art to Heart Corridor and the East Coast Greenway. The Art to Heart Corridor connects the North Carolina Museum of Art to downtown Raleigh, and the East Coast Greenway will ultimately be a shared-use trail connecting cities from Maine to Florida.


Concept Plan


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
2014Conceptual Plan Developed
January 2016Design Contract Awarded
Spring 2017LAPP Grant Awarded
May 2019City Council Presentation
Dec. 2019Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Dec. 2019Advertise for Construction Bids
Winter 2020Award Construction Contract
Spring 2021Construction Complete


During the planning process for a project to stripe and mark 27 miles of on-street bicycle facilities using a federal CMAQ grant, the project team recognized an opportunity to improve Gorman Street given its significance in Raleigh’s bicycle and pedestrian network. Conceptual plans and rough cost estimates for a two-way curb-separated bicycle facility were developed, but the scope of the striping and marking project could not include hardscape construction. Subsequently, the City of Raleigh budgeted capital funding to implement the project. Its construction will be funded by a grant awarded through the Capital Area MPO’s Locally Administered Projects Program.

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