Neighborhood Traffic Management

Last updated May 23, 2019 - 2:09 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.

Contact: Neighborhood Traffic Management Program | 919-996-4066

Objectives

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?

NTMP Application

Program Policies

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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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 miles per hour 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 percent 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, and pedestrians) entering the intersection on each approach;
  2. The number of accidents that have occurred within the last year at the intersection; and,
  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

Traffic Calming Projects 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.

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

Street Ballots:

Street Name50% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes70% Threshold Met
Woodburn Road - North
63.89% 18
78.26%
Van Dyke Avenue - East
60.56%3581.40%
Dartmouth Road - West
50.00%1894.74%
Park Drive
73.68%4275.00%

Neighborhood Ballots:

Street Name25% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes50% Threshold Met
Woodburn Road - North
25.31%63
77.78%
Van Dyke Avenue - East
37.82%10781.06%
Dartmouth Road - West
36.52%4163.08%
Park Drive
52.73%118
87.41%

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.

Street Ballots:

Street Name50% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes70% Threshold Met
Fairview Road - Middle
57.14%34
65.38%
Charleston Park25.64%20100.00%
St George Road33.93%1894.74%

Neighborhood Ballots:

Street Name25% Threshold MetNumber of Yes Votes60% Threshold Met
Fairview Road - Middle
48.24%64
55.17%
Charleston Park19.53%6483.12%
St George Road12.77%48100.00%


2018 Traffic Calming Introductory Meeting

The following street was identified as a street that meets the minimum threshold for a traffic calming project to help combat the vehicular speeding issues on that street. City staff conducted an Introductory Meeting to inform the residents and surrounding neighborhood of the potential traffic calming project. The process and potential treatments available for construction were discussed with the attendees of the meeting.

Please see below for the presentation given at the meeting for those who could not attend and for the link to vote through the online portal. If the street reaches the minimum approval rate based on your voting results, a Preliminary Design Meeting will be organized and the neighborhood will be invited to attend.

2018 Preliminary Traffic Calming Designs

The Preliminary Traffic Calming Design for the streets shown below came from the Preliminary Design Meeting between City staff and residents. These designs will be updated based on public comments given during the open comment period and then presented at the Final Design Meeting.

Final Traffic Calming 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.

2017 Approved Traffic Calming Designs

The approved traffic calming designs for the streets shown below came from design meetings between residents and City staff. These designs have been presented to City Council at a public hearing and have been approved for construction.

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 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%)
594372.88%113225.58%

Residents of Neighborhoods
Street Ballots SentStreet Ballots ReturnedParticipation Threshold (25%)Votes to RemoveVotes to RetainRemoval Threshold
56331956.67%13818143.26%

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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