Sidewalk Petition Program
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:
- Publicly maintained;
- Inside the City limits;
- Have curb and gutter; and,
- Not part of the City’s Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.
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.
Current Sidewalk Petitions
Expired Sidewalk Petitions 2018-2019
|Petition ||Project Location||Status||Expired|
|2018-18||Valley Drive |
From Rangecrest Road to Lynn Road
|Successful 58 percent||Winter 2019 |
|2018-17||Reynolds Road |
From Lambeth Drive to Camelot Drive
|Successful 67 percent||Winter 2019 |
|2018-16||Lynwood Lane |
From Reynolds Road to Lambeth Drive
|Unsuccessful 21 percent||Winter 2019 |
|2018-15||Latimer Road and Drexel Drive |
From Compton Road to E. Rowan Street
|Successful 68%||Winter 2019|
|2018-14||Lambeth Drive |
From Latimer Road to Dartmouth Road
|Successful 75 percent||Winter 2019 |
|2018-13||Inglewood Lane |
From Manchester Drive to Yadkin Drive
|Successful 80 percent||Winter 2019|
Thorn Ridge Road
|Unsuccessful 33 percent||Fall 2018|
Stewarts Glen Circle
|Unsuccessful 33 percent||Fall 2018|
|Successful 70 percent||Fall 2018|
|2018-09||St Ledger Drive |
From Ray Road to Mill Ridge Road
|2018-08||River Birch Drive |
From Lynn Road to St Ledger Drive
|2018-07||Featherstone Drive |
From Six Forks Road to Mourning Dove Road
|2018-05||Three Bridges Circle |
From River Birch Drive to River Birch Drive
|2018-04||Sweetbriar Drive |
From East Millbrook Road to Pinecroft Drive
From Lakemont Drive to Latimer Road