New Bern Avenue Pedestrian Improvements

Last updated Apr. 13, 2018 - 2:19 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Pedestrian Improvement
  • 5 Million
  • Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
  • Kimley Horn and Associates

Current Activity

Posted Friday, April 13

On Tuesday, April 3, Raleigh City Council adopted a resolution to authorize the proposed improvements to New Bern Avenue.

The City’s design consultant (Kimley Horn & Associates) is currently working to finalize the construction plans, and the project is expected to advertise for construction bids late fall 2018.

A public meeting was held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Tarboro Road Community Center, located at 121 N Tarboro Street. At the meeting, the City’s design consultant and City staff were on hand to discuss the preliminary 65 percent plans and answer project related questions.

For those unable to attend the meeting a copy of the presentation, public meeting handout, and comment sheet are linked below.

Public Meeting Presentation

Public Meeting Handout and Comment Sheet


The project consists of streetscape improvements on both sides of the New Bern Avenue from Tarboro Road to Sunnybrook Road. The scope of work includes two sections, which will be constructed as one comprehensive project:

Section 1 (Tarboro Street to Raleigh Blvd) - 0.49 miles

  • 14-feet-wide sidewalks (in areas where 14 feet is not feasible due to r/w constraints, sidewalk width will be maximum extent practical)
  • Street trees w/ grates
  • Pedestrian/traffic signalization modifications
  • Utility coordination/relocations

Section 2 (Raleigh Blvd to Sunnybrook Road) - 1.67 miles

  • Eight-feet-wide sidewalk/multi-use path along both sides of roadway in a greenway style alignment
  • Pedestrian/traffic signalization modifications
  • Utility coordination/relocations


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
February 22, 2017Corridor Public Meeting
Late Fall 2017Corridor Public Meeting
Winter 2018City Council Public Hearing
Late Fall 2018Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Late Fall 2018 Advertise for Construction
Winter 2019Award Construction Contract
Late Fall 2019 Project Completion


New Bern Avenue is classified as a future 6-lane Divided Avenue in the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan and serves as a major east-west commuting route into Downtown Raleigh. The current roadway cross-section is a four-lane median divided roadway from I-440 to Poole Road and operates as a divided one-way pair from Poole Road to the State Capitol. This project does not include road widening, but is an interim pedestrian improvement project to provide a more pedestrian friendly corridor with sidewalk connectivity and improved access to transit stops along this highly traveled corridor.

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