New Bern Avenue Pedestrian Improvements

Last updated Aug. 29, 2019 - 12:46 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Pedestrian Improvement
  • 5.7 Million
  • Roadway Design and Construction (Lead)
  • Kimley Horn and Associates

Current Activity

Updated Aug. 29

We are nearing design and environmental permit completion in preparation for construction.


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
Summer 2019Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Summer 2019Advertise for Construction
Fall 2019Award Construction Contract
Fall 2020Project 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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