West Street Extension Project
The City of Raleigh, in cooperation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), is studying the proposed extension of West Street adjacent to the proposed Raleigh Union Station. The City has been evaluating street connectivity around the Boylan Wye railroad junction as far back as the 1960s. This project aims to provide better connectivity for pedestrians and vehicles across the Wye and support the increased transit associated with the proposed Raleigh Union Station, which includes light rail, commuter rail, high-speed rail, and local and regional commuter buses.
Public Input Opportunity
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On September 12, 2017, the Federal Railroad Administration signed a Final Environmental Assessment which analyzed the environmental impacts of connecting the segment of West Street north of the North Carolina Railroad/Norfolk Southern (NCRR/NS) rail line with the segment of West Street south of the NCRR/NS rain line. The selected alternative for this project is the Railroad over West Street option previously proposed to the public.
The City of Raleigh invites the public to review the document and provide comment. A printed copy of the document is also available at our office in Room 400 at 222 West Hargett Street. Comments must be received by March 30, 2018, for your consideration and inclusion in the Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI) document being prepared for this project. Please provide any comments to Eric Lamb.
2013 Environmental Study
The City has contracted with Michael Baker Engineering Corporation to conduct an environmental assessment of alternatives for the proposed West Street extension. This study is being coordinated with NCDOT and their work on Raleigh Union Station. While this project is currently unfunded, this study will facilitate options for securing funding for this project.
The project study area encompasses an area that generally extends from S. Boylan Avenue to S. Harrington Street from W. Morgan Street to W. South Street along the Boylan Wye. The area includes residential, industrial, and commercial land uses, as well as a National Register Historic District. The Depot Historic District contains the city's only significant collection of buildings related to the heyday of railroad transportation and shipping in Raleigh. West Street forms the western boundary of this Historic District from Martin Street on the north to Cabarrus Street on the south.
The City held a public workshop for the project on March 6, 2013, to seek initial public input on the proposed alternatives.
In 2010, the City prepared a feasibility study that considered extending West Street across the CSX and NC Railroad corridors via bridges over the railroad tracks or under the tracks. The study examined alternatives that included connections using existing segments of West Street and portions of S. Saunders Street. The Raleigh City Council ultimately endorsed connections in this area that did not utilize the S. Saunders Street corridor.