New Bern Avenue Corridor Study

Last updated Jul. 29, 2015 - 1:01 pm
New Bern Avenue Corridor Study

The project implementation is underway with ongoing initiatives by City staff as well as engaged citizens. Ongoing implementation efforts include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of Action Items Matrix included in the report
  • Coordination of infrastructure improvements with NCDOT
  • Pursuing additional funding options
  • Supporting the New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance efforts

Study Documents

New Bern Avenue Corridor Study Final Report

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Report (evaluation completed by the Raleigh Police Department staff for the general study area)

Issues and Opportunities Report (preliminary inventory report)

New Bern Avenue Corridor Health Impact Assessment (a Health Impact Assessment report completed through collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Public Health, Wake County Human Services and Wake County Community Services)


On January 17, 2012, the Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to endorse a study that proposes improvements to the New Bern Avenue corridor. City staff was directed to implement short-term and long-term action items recommended in the New Bern Avenue corridor study.

The study was the outcome of a collaborative planning process that engaged CAC chairs, members, community leaders, residents, business and property owners, stakeholders, and city staff.

Project Area

Running east from downtown Raleigh to Wake Medical Center, the I-440 Beltline, and beyond, New Bern Avenue is a historic gateway and heavily traversed transportation corridor. Unique among the four major gateways into downtown by virtue of its cultural significance, width, and attractively landscaped median, it shows signs of wear, and the lack of pedestrian facilities along its length is no longer acceptable as it has become the City's most heavily used transit corridor.

The New Bern Avenue Corridor Study area includes the right-of-way and property frontage of New Bern Avenue and Edenton Street from Swain Street to the WakeMed /Crabtree Creek area. The preliminary goals of the study were to identify ways to improve the appearance of the corridor; to support pedestrian, bicycle and transit uses along the corridor; and to stimulate economic development initiatives and revitalization in the area. An extensive public process was utilized to identify specific issues along the corridor, consider opportunities to enhance the appearance and multi-modal function of the corridor, and identify appropriate actions to implement the necessary improvements. The outcome of the recommended improvements will renew New Bern Avenue as a model gateway that communicates Raleigh's pride in its cultural and architectural history and improves the safety and convenience of residents and visitors along the corridor.

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Key Recommendations

The study of the New Bern Avenue corridor from Swain Street to Crabtree Creek proposes to renew and refresh the corridor through a mix of public and private reinvestments. The study recommends short-term and long-term action items in major areas. These areas are land use and redevelopment; cultural landscape; frontage typologies; streetscape design; sidewalks, crosswalks and street lighting; transit patterns; stormwater management; public realm landscape; and public safety and public health.

Specific recommendations include:

• Improve corridor appearance through landscape plantings, public art, and wayfinding signage to recognize the history and identity of each section of the corridor
• Support pedestrian, bicycle, and transit use through a Complete Streets design strategy for transit, bike, and pedestrian accommodations and improved stormwater management techniques
• Extend and connect sidewalks along the corridor, into neighborhoods, and to greenway trails, and locate additional crosswalks and median refuges for pedestrians to improve pedestrian connectivity and convenience
• Reduce the bus headways to 15 minutes all day and continued upgrading of transit passenger amenities
• Stimulate economic development and revitalization by using regulatory incentives and targeted public investment to reposition key sites for appropriate (re)development

New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance

The New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Charity group, was formed in 2012 to advocate for an implementation strategy for the City of Raleigh led corridor enhancement outlined in the New Bern Avenue Corridor Study. The study, dated January 6, 2012, was adopted by stakeholders, the Planning Commission and the City Council.

The NBACA consists of a committed group of stakeholders and a Board of Directors with the goal of assuring timely construction of essential infrastructure improvements along New Bern Avenue in the City of Raleigh from I-440 to Swain Street. The NBACA will engage citizens, neighborhoods, businesses and institutions impacted by New Bern Avenue to:

• advocate for corridor awareness
• oversee and calibrate public input
• seek public/private funding based on prioritization of project-by-project recommendations
• assist with review of corridor design
• coordinate with City staff to incorporate corridor improvements

The New Bern Avenue Corridor Alliance meets regularly to discuss corridor initiatives.

Infrastructure Updates

  • The City had a $75 Million transportation bond approved in October, 2013 that allocates $4 Million on the bond money towards the New Bern Avenue project from Tarboro to Sunnybrook
  • A project will likely consist of two elements: Tarboro to Raleigh Blvd. (widen to 14' sidewalks); and Raleigh Blvd. to Sunnybrook (widen street for bike lines and future fixed guideway, add sidewalks)
  • If the Capital Improvement Program is approved and recommended, the $4 Million will be available July 1, 2014. The City can use a portion of those funds to begin designing a project.

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