Rendering of Atlantic Avenue

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Atlantic Avenue Improvement Project

We strive to make Raleigh’s roadways safe for all types of transportation.

The City of Raleigh is going to improve Atlantic Avenue between New Hope Church Road and Highwoods Boulevard. 

The proposed project will improve safety and make it easier for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians to navigate this section of the corridor.

Improvements to the roadway will include:

  • A median with turn lanes;
  • Sidewalks; and,
  • A multi-use path.

Project Details

$11.6 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
AECOM (Design Consultant), JSmith Civil (Construction Contractor)



Chad Cantrell, PE
Project Manager

Comment Form

Lead Department:
Engineering Services
Participating Department:
Engineering ServicesTransportation
Service Unit:
Roadway Design and Construction




Updated Sept. 2

We had a virtual Advanced Design Touchpoint in June. The presentation is still available, and public comments and staff responses are posted below.

Advanced Design Survey Results

Public Comments & Responses from Advanced Design Touchpoint 

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Right of Way Acquisition

Updated Sept. 17

This phase is complete

Next Steps

  • Bring Construction bid to City Council for approval.
  • Hold a Pre-Construction Meeting in the fall.
Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Updated Fall 2021

City Council approved the construction on contract with JSmith Civil during the City Council Meeting on September 7, 2021. Construction contracts are currently routing.


Next Steps


Hold a pre-construction meeting in early 2022.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services


Phase details coming soon.

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Atlantic Avenue Improvement Project: Advanced Design

Public Art

The project will include a public art component. The City selected Durham artist David Wilson as the artist for this project. To learn more about the artist selected, and give your input visit the Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project page.


The Atlantic Avenue Widening Project is part of the Capital Improvement Program.

Key factors the City and our design consultants will consider during the design processes are:

  • The existing street is a four-lane undivided roadway with a sidewalk on the east side.
  • The intersection at Ingram Street has been a high-crash location historically, made difficult by rolling topography.
  • The east side of this section of Atlantic Avenue is mainly residential, and any widening will likely occur on the other side of the street.



Date Activity
April 10, 2019 Pre-design Public Meeting
Sept. 2019 Preliminary Plans Public Meeting
June 2020 Design Plan Public Touchpoint
Summer 2020 City Council Project Presentation
Summer 2021 Complete Right of Way and Easement Acquisition
Summer 2021 Advertise for Construction Bids
Late Summer 2021 Award Construction Contract
Early 2022 Pre-construction Meeting
Early 2024 Project Complete

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