Sidewalk Petition Program

Last updated Aug. 09, 2019 - 8:54 am

Do you want a Sidewalk on your street?

The City of Raleigh provides the opportunity for you to initiate sidewalk construction in your neighborhood, and in most cases at no cost to you or your neighbors.

Is your street eligible for the program? Let’s find out.

Is your street:

Then you might be able to have the City build a sidewalk on your street.

How to get started

The Petition Process

A letter is mailed out to property owners along the street letting them know that a Sidewalk Petition has been requested.

The letter will have the engineer’s recommendation for sidewalk installation including:

  • The side of the street best suited for a sidewalk;
  • The suggested size of the sidewalk; and,
  • The set back of the sidewalk.

The letter will have instructions on how to complete the online voting ballot. If property owners prefer they can fill out a paper version of the poll, included in the letter, and mail it back to the City.

Property owners are given 45 days to respond to either the online or paper ballot. Once the deadline has passed, we will review the returned ballot forms, and property owners will be notified of the results.

If 50 percent plus one of the property owners who responded to the ballot are in favor of a sidewalk, the petition will go to City Council for approval.

Note: You must respond to the ballot for your vote to count either in favor of or against the petition. Property owners who do not return their ballots are not counted.

How long will it take to build?

Once City Council has approved the Sidewalk Petition, it becomes a City Sidewalk Project. Building a sidewalk is a multi-step process and can take between two to three years before they are complete. This time may vary dependent on the availability of City funding, staff resources, and the number of sidewalks we are currently working on.

When the City has a large number of sidewalk petition projects, the City will use the Sidewalk Petition Prioritization Ranking Criteria to prioritize successful petitions.

Design and Construction Process

The City’s steps to building a new sidewalk include:

  • Conducting a land survey that will be used in the design process; (We will send survey notification letters to property owners.)
  • Engineering staff will begin the design process;
  • A public meeting will be held to present preliminary plans and get public input from area property owners and residents;
  • City Engineers will finalize the sidewalk designs, incorporating the public input;
  • The City’s Real Estate Department will contact property owners if we need to purchase easements to build the sidewalk;
  • The project will go out for construction bids;
  • A construction contractor is awarded the project;
  • A pre-construction public meeting will be held to discuss the construction schedule with affected property owners; (depending on size of project)
  • Construction starts; and,
  • The project is complete, and you have a new sidewalk.

After the project is complete, property owners will be sent a punch list letter so they may notify the City of any construction-related issues along their property.

Video: How to Request Street or Sidewalk Improvements

Raleigh citizens may petition the City to install new sidewalks along residential streets that are located inside of the City limits.

Microgap Sidewalk Projects

The City of Raleigh sidewalk microgap program was created to address gaps in the sidewalk network that were too small to be part of the capital project program. They are generally under 300' and considered to be part of the maintenance of the system.

The list below, which includes links to maps, show the current, known microgaps that are identified. Tier 1 Projects have funding set aside and will be constructed in the first phase. Tier 2 and 3 projects will be constructed further in the future.

Microgap Sidewalks list

Current Sidewalk Petitions

Project LocationExpires

Kimberly Drive
From North Hills Drive to Gunnison Place

Sept. 9, 2019
2019-09Brighton Road
From Glascock Street to Millbank Street
Sept. 23, 2019

Expired Sidewalk Petitions 2018-2019

Project LocationStatusExpired
2019-07Rawls Drive
From Poole Road to Friar Tuck Road
Successful 72 percent
Spring 2019
2019-06Sasser Street
From Wake Forest Road to Elm Street
Unsuccessful 33 percentSpring 2019
2019-05Young Street
From Wake Forest Road to Ann Street
Unsuccessful 0 percentSpring 2019
2019-04Ann Street
From Mills Street to Young Street
Unsuccessful 0 percentSpring 2019
2019-03Bellaire Avenue
From Mills Street to existing sidewalk
Unsuccessful 29
Spring 2019
2019-02Mills Street
From Wake Forest Road to existing sidewalk
Unsuccessful 27 percentSpring 2019
2019-01Cobblestone Court
From Ridge Road to the existing sidewalk
Successful 75 percent
Spring 2019
2018-20West Rowan Street
From Currituck Drive to Pamlico Drive
Successful 61 percent
Spring 2019
2018-19Colleton Road
From Bertie Drive to Oakwood Avenue
Successful 100 percent
Spring 2019
2018-18Valley Drive
From Rangecrest Road to Lynn Road
Successful 58 percent
Winter 2019
2018-17Reynolds Road
From Lambeth Drive to Camelot Drive
Successful 67 percent
Winter 2019
2018-16Lynwood Lane
From Reynolds Road to Lambeth Drive
Unsuccessful 21 percent
Winter 2019
2018-15Latimer Road and Drexel Drive
From Compton Road to E. Rowan Street
Successful 68%Winter 2019
2018-14Lambeth Drive
From Latimer Road to Dartmouth Road
Successful 75 percent
Winter 2019
2018-13Inglewood Lane
From Manchester Drive to Yadkin Drive
Successful 80 percent
Winter 2019

Thorn Ridge Road
From Ray Road to Old Hundred Road

Unsuccessful 33 percentFall 2018

Stewarts Glen Circle
From Stoney Run Drive to beginning of cul-de-sac on Stewarts Glen Circle

Unsuccessful 33 percentFall 2018

Whittier Drive
From Killington Drive to Optimist Pool Entrance

Successful 70 percentFall 2018
St Ledger Drive
From Ray Road to Mill Ridge Road

18 percent

Fall 2018
River Birch Drive
From Lynn Road to St Ledger Drive

32 percent

Fall 2018
Featherstone Drive
From Six Forks Road to Mourning Dove Road
59 percent
Summer 2018

Fiesta Way
from Falls of Neuse Road to the existing sidewalk at 7417 Fiesta Way

63 percent
Summer 2018
Three Bridges Circle
From River Birch Drive to River Birch Drive
41 percent
Spring 2018
Sweetbriar Drive
From East Millbrook Road to Pinecroft Drive
36 percent
Spring 2018
Pinecroft Drive
From Lakemont Drive to Latimer Road
23 percent
Spring 2018

Valley Drive
From Sawmill Road to Rangecrest Road

59 percent
Spring 2018

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