Neighborhood Traffic Management

Last updated Apr. 25, 2019 - 2:10 pm

The City of Raleigh wishes to promote safe and efficient public streets that contribute to a positive quality of life for residents. The City is also committed to maintaining and improving the quality of our neighborhoods by mitigating impacts that may detract or adversely affect the places where we live. Positive street design and good traffic management within our neighborhoods are important elements of this goal.

The management of traffic volumes and speeds on residential streets can be a challenge. While all public streets available are for use by the public, it is every driver's responsibility to drive at safe speeds on the streets where we live. But when the drivers don't behave, residents can seek assistance from the Transportation Operations Division in managing issues with neighborhood traffic.

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Traffic Calming Program

When speeding problems persist along a street, residents may wish to consider the installation of traffic calming treatments. These treatments physically limit the ability of traffic to move at a high rate of speed. Treatments can include re-engineering the streets to have medians and curb extensions that force drivers to alter their path of travel and subsequently reduce their speeds. Neighborhood Streetscape Projects 

In other cases, the City may look at deploying treatments like speed humps to inhibit traffic.

Our division evaluates a street for traffic calming based on several factors and prioritizes each street for treatment based on the severity of the problem. These factors include the amount of traffic speeding on the street, how many speed-related accidents have occurred along the street, and the amount of pedestrian activity in the area.

Traffic Calming Projects: Minor | Major


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Traffic Calming Project Under Review

Residents and associated neighborhoods along the top ten streets on the traffic calming project list were sent ballots. These ballots were to measure support for a traffic-calming project along their particular street on the list. The voting has ended and the votes have been tabulated. The numbers below show the percentage of ballots returned and of the returned ballots the percentage that approved the project. At the August 15 City Council meeting staff will make a formal presentation and seek approval to move to the design phase.

The following streets met or exceeded the thresholds needed to move the project forward.

Street Ballots:

Street Name60% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes70% Threshold Met
Fairview Road - SE72.09% 2890.32%
Pineview Drive76.67%3678.26%
Sycamore Grove Lane73.68%1392.86%
Chester Street76.19%1381.25%
Granville Drive64.15%3294.12%
Huntleigh Drive - N61.43%4297.67%

Neighborhood Ballots:

Street Name25% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes60% Threshold Met
Fairview Road - SE57.09%14388.82%
Pineview Drive53.77%15188.30%
Sycamore Grove Lane45.89%4973.13%
Chester Street53.39%7563.56%
Granville Drive50.42%7260.00%
Huntleigh Drive - N41.72%18688.99%

The street listed below only met one of the thresholds required to move the project to the design phase. Under the policy, this street will not move to the design phase. City staff expects this to be confirmed at the August 15th presentation to City Council.

Street Ballots:

Street Name60% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes70% Threshold Met
Scotland Street54.55%233.33%

Neighborhood Ballots:

Street Name25% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes60% Threshold Met
Scotland Street48.24%2647.27%

The streets listed below did not meet all of the thresholds needed to move forward to the design phase. Thresholds not meet were based on the number of votes received. The support shown by those that did vote were overwhelmingly in favor of a project. Per the adopted policy, the streets will not be moving to the design phase at this time. However, City Council does have the discretion to make a determination regarding the status of these streets at the August 15th City Council Meeting.

Street Ballots:

Street Name60% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes70% Threshold Met
Ujamaa Drive43.48%50100%
Grantland Drive41.18%35100%
Edmund Street57.50%2295.65%

Neighborhood Ballots:

Street Name25% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes60% Threshold Met
Ujamaa Drive25.46%7489.16%
Grantland Drive22.71% 5198.08%
Edmund Street32.74%9586.36%

2017 Traffic Calming Final Designs

The final traffic calming design for the streets shown below came from design meetings between residents and City staff held over the past several months. These designs will be presented to City Council at a public hearing with design review later this year.

Ujamaa Drive

Fairview Road-Southeast

Pineview Drive

Sycamore Grove Lane

Chester Road

Grantland Drive

Granville Drive

Edmund Street

Huntleigh Drive-Middle

Chester Road Special Ballot

While going through its traffic calming process, residents asked staff to evaluate two intersections on Chester Road for multi-way stops. Both intersections met warrants and were approved for the additional stop signs. At the traffic calming public hearing, City Council pulled the street and asked for a new traffic calming evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the new stop sign installations. The new evaluation found lower speeds along the street.

Based on the new study, City Council asked for a new vote from the street and surrounding neighborhood residents before rendering a final decision.

Chester Road Special Ballot Voting Results

2018 Traffic Calming Design Approval Voting Results

Residents and associated neighborhoods along the seven streets starting the traffic calming project approval process were sent ballots.

These ballots were to measure support for a traffic calming project along their particular street.

2018 Traffic Calming Design Approval Results

Traffic Calming Treatment Removal Voting Result

This spring, City Council approved a new Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Policy. One new addition to the policy was a process allowing residents to seek removal of treatments that may no longer be effective, no longer needed or no longer wanted. The process for traffic calming treatment removal was defined as the same one used for the installation of traffic calming treatments. This process is done by balloting residents on the subject street and the surrounding neighborhood to gauge support. Since the adoption of the new policy, staff has received its first request to remove two existing treatments on Northbrook Drive between North Hills Drive and Pamlico Drive.

Upon receipt of the request for treatment removal, staff followed the adopted policy and mailed over 600 ballots which offered an online voting option. The policy specifies a successful show of support requires two minimum thresholds are met (participation and support) for both the residents along the subject street and the surrounding neighborhood. The thresholds for residents on the subject street are; 60% of residents along the subject street vote/return ballots with at least 70% of those in favor. The thresholds for the surrounding neighborhood are; 25% of residents in the surrounding neighborhood must vote/return ballots with at least 60% in support.

The balloting ended on October 15th. The participation components of 60% for the subject street and 25% for the neighborhood were both easily met. However, neither support component met the minimum thresholds.

There was very heavy participation for residents along the subject street and the surrounding neighborhood. The residents participating voted overwhelmingly to keep the speed humps. Therefore, per Section 7.1.5 of the newly approved NTMP policy, the treatments will not be removed. Per the policy, a two year waiting period will be implemented before another attempt at removal may commence. Below is a chart with a summary of the balloting and voting.

Ballot Results:

Residents along Subject Street
Street Ballots SentStreet Ballots ReturnedParticipation Threshold (60%)Votes to RemoveVotes to RetainRemoval Threshold (70%)

Residents of Neighborhoods
Street Ballots SentStreet Ballots ReturnedParticipation Threshold (25%)Votes to RemoveVotes to RetainRemoval Threshold

Speed Limit Reductions

One of the first strategies that can be considered is a reduction in the posted speed limit. Speed limit reductions to 25 mph can be considered on any residential street carrying less than 4,000 vehicles per day. In order to start the process, a petition of support from the residents along a street is required. At least 75% of either the adult residents or the property owners along the street are required to agree to the speed limit reduction. Once a completed petition is received for a street, our staff will prepare the request for the City Council's review. Once the Council approves a request, new signs reflecting the change in the speed limit are posted within seven days.

Multiway Stop Control Evaluations

Transportation Operations Division staff conduct evaluations at intersections throughout the City for possible multiway stop control, also known as three-way and four-way stops. Each
intersection is evaluated against established safety criteria to
determine if a location is appropriate for conversion. These
criteria include:

  1. Volumes of traffic (cars, bikes & pedestrians) entering the intersection on each approach
  2. The number of accidents that have occurred within the last year at the intersection
  3. The adequacy of the sight distance for each leg of the intersection.

Our staff frequently receives requests for multiway stops for the purpose of reducing speeding on a street. While a stop sign is effective for controlling traffic at an intersection, the reality is that drivers often speed up to make up for lost time between intersections and can actually make the problem worse.

Multiway Stop Standards


The objectives of our division in dealing with neighborhood traffic issues are:

  • Ensure the public safety of streets in residential areas for drivers and for pedestrians;
  • Improve multi-modal opportunities within a neighborhood, including enhancements for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit accessibility; and,
  • Achieve moderate vehicle speeds on residential streets by a combination of policies, physical measures, and public outreach.

When our staff receives a speeding concern from a resident on a street, our first step is to evaluate the extent of the problem. How many cars are using the street? At what speed is the majority of traffic travelling? Are there specific conflicts with pedestrians?

Program Policies

Schedule of Traffic and Parking Regulation

Traffic Schedule No. 1 Electronic Traffic Control Signals

1.A. Traffic Signals And Pedestrian Signals
1.B. No Turn On Red

Traffic Schedule No. 2 Stop Intersections

Traffic Schedule No. 3 Yield Signs

Traffic Schedule No. 4 Through Streets

Traffic Schedule No. 5 Speed Limits

5.A. Speed Limits Other Than 35 MPH
5.B.1 School Zones - Twenty-Five MPH
5.B.2 School Zones - Thirty MPH
5.B.3 School Zones - Thirty-Five MPH

Traffic Schedule No. 6 Restricted Turns At Channelized Intersections

6.A. One Lane Of Traffic
6.B. Two Lanes Of Traffic
6.C Three Lanes Of Traffic
6.D. Four Lanes Of Traffic
6.E. Five Lanes Of Traffic
6.F. Six Lanes Of Traffic
6.G. Seven Lanes Of Traffic

Traffic Schedule No. 7 U Turns Prohibited

Traffic Schedule No. 8 Restricted Turns At Or Between Intersections

8.A. No Left Turn
8.B. No Right Turn
8.C. No Straight Through Movement

Traffic Schedule No. 9 One Way Streets

Traffic Schedule No. 10 Through Truck Routes

Traffic Schedule No. 11 Local Truck Routes

Traffic Schedule No. 12 Pedestrian Crossing Prohibited

Traffic Schedule No. 13 No Parking Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 14 No Stopping Or Standing Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 15 Parking Time Limits

15.A. Fifteen Minute Parking
15.B. Thirty Minute Parking
15.C. One Hour Parking
15.D. Two Hour Parking

Traffic Schedule No. 16 Passenger Loading And Unloading Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 17 Materials Loading And Unloading Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 18 Truck Loading Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 19 Bus Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 20 Parking Meter Zones

20.A. Fifteen Minute Zones
20.B. Thirty Minute Zones
20.C. One Hour Zones
20.D. Two Hour Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 21 Controlled Parking Residential Areas

21.A. Controlled Parking Residential Area A
21.B. Controlled Parking Residential Area B
21.C. Controlled Parking Residential Area C
21.D. Controlled Parking Residential Area D
21.E. Controlled Parking Residential Area E
21.F. Controlled Parking Residential Area F
21.G. Controlled Parking Residential Area U
21.H. Controlled Parking Residential Area G
21.I. Controlled Parking Residential Area H
21.J. Controlled Parking Residential Area R

Traffic Schedule No. 22 Taxi Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 23 Police Vehicle Parking Zone

Traffic Schedule No. 24 Commercial Loading Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 25 No Parking Tow-Away Zones

Traffic Schedule No. 26 Bicycle Lanes

26.A. Bicycle Lanes with No Parking
26.B. Bicycle Lanes with Unrestricted Parking

Traffic Schedule No. 27 Musician Loading Zones

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