A concept drawing of what a section of Six Forks Rd will look like when the project is complete

Transit, Streets, and Sidewalks

Six Forks Road Improvements

Improving mobility and connectivity for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic

This project will create a safe and comfortable corridor for pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular traffic between Rowan Street and Lynn Road. We call this a Complete Street. 

What are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets accommodate all types of transportation, allowing bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, vehicles, commercial and emergency vehicles to safely navigating City streets.

Project Details

 
Type:
Streets
Budget:
$ 31.4 Million
Project Lead:
Roadway Design & Construction
Contractors:
RK&K (Design Consultant)

Contact

 

Chad Cantrell, PE
Project Manager
919-996-4173

Comment Form
 

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

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Design

Updated Nov. 2021

We had a Virtual Open House Sept. 24 through Oct. 17!

We also held two virtual live Q&A sessions, one on Sept. 29, and the other on Oct. 5. both of those meetings were recorded and are located with our design update videos. 

Design Considerations 

We are in the early design phase for this Project. During this phase of the design we are working out elements of the project such as:

  • Lane widths - We are making a consistent lane width through the corridor;
  • Speed limit - We are reducing the speed limit;
  • Protected intersections - They create corner “islands” that create a setback for bike and pedestrian users to wait for oncoming vehicle traffic to pass. The islands also force vehicles to reduce their speed when turning while providing additional visibility of pedestrians and cyclists trying to cross the street.
  • Public art - Architect and public artist Carrie Gault is gathering inspiration and learning about the Six Forks Road community. Learn more about the proposed public art for this project. 

 

Design Update Videos 

We have produced a series of videos to help keep people up to date on the progress of the project. We also have our virtual meeting videos located here. 

 

    Phase Contacts

     

    Chad Cantrell, PE
    Project Manager
    919-996-4173

    Lead Department:
    Engineering Services

    Frequently asked Questions

    Can a traffic signal be added for my street?

    There are currently no plans to add or modify the traffic signals as shown on the public meeting maps. The new signals proposed at North Glen and Loft Lane were added to allow full movement access to streets that serve large neighborhoods while meeting NCDOT signal spacing requirements. All proposed signals will allow protected U-turns to minimize impacts to travel time.

    Can a left turn be added at my business?

    We understand that restricting left turns where people have historically been able to make left turns can be upsetting and that travel times may increase along the corridor, but several studies within the state and around the country show large reductions in crashes and fatalities after installing a median. All of the proposed traffic signals will allow for protected U-turns and the intersections will be signed as No Right on Red.

    Why are you proposing narrow lanes like Falls of Neuse Road?

    The lanes on Falls of Neuse Road in some places are currently less than 9 feet in width and similar to the current lane widths on Six Forks around the North Hills area. The lane widths on the proposed section of Six Forks between Rowan Street and Lynn Road will be made a consistent width of 10 feet. These lane widths are allowable under design criteria and studies indicate that there is a reduction in the overall upper speed limit without a corresponding increase in accidents. Changing the speed limit alone is insufficient to improve speed compliance and reduce accident severity. The lane widths not only reduce impacts to adjacent properties, it also reduces the overall time it takes for pedestrians to cross the street and helps achieve multiple safety goals for the project.

    How will traffic on my neighborhood street be impacted by the design of Six Forks?

    At this time it is difficult to determine driver behavior in how they will attempt to find faster or shorter ways of getting to their destination. The City typically won’t install traffic calming measures on a neighborhood street until there is a demonstrable traffic issue. As traffic adjusts to the new layout of Six Forks and shortcuts through neighborhood streets are identified, the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Management will be able to assist determining if traffic calming measures are warranted.

    Will there be a pedestrian bridge at North Hills?

    There are currently no plans to add a pedestrian bridge or tunnel in this phase of the Six Forks project and may be evaluated in future phases. However, all intersections within the project limits shown on the public meeting maps will be designed as protected intersections that improves the safety and visibility for pedestrians as well as cyclists.

    Why are you adding bike lanes when no one currently bikes on Six Forks?

    People currently ride their bikes along the existing narrow sidewalk and mix with pedestrian traffic. Separated bike facilities behind the curb were originally envisioned in the corridor study phase of the project and recent UDO text changes adopted by the City Council make these facilities a requirement on streets like Six Forks. The addition of the separated bike lanes on Six Forks in conjunction with other bike improvements under construction by the City will provide safe bike access to homes and businesses along the corridor.

    How will bikes trigger signal changes at the intersections?

    Cyclists will need to press the button on the pedestal adjacent to the traffic signal to trigger a light change. Currently, NCDOT doesn’t support bicycle specific signals or detection and the City currently doesn’t maintain an inventory of these items for future maintenance needs.

    Will all transit stops have shelters?

    All proposed transit stops will have shelters. Stops that allow transfers between different lines will be larger with more accommodations. The City is currently evaluating adding bike-share facilities at transit stops near existing or proposed bikeways.

    Why is there a roundabout proposed at Rowan Street and Revere Drive?

    The roundabout was identified in the corridor study phase to help alleviate backup of traffic on Six Forks for parents waiting to drop-off their children at Carroll Middle School. The drop-off entrance at the school will be restricted to right-in/right-out and parents will need to utilize the roundabout to access the school.

    Project Schedule

    Activity Date
    Pre-construction Public Touchpoint Oct. 2020
    Design Public Touchpoint Early Fall 2021
    Right of Way Acquisition Starts Early Winter 2022

    Meet the Team

    Chad Cantrell, PE - Project Manager 
    Chad manages all aspects of the project's design process and will also oversee construction activity. 

    RK&K - Design Consultant 
    The design consultant works with the project manager to develop the project's design. 

    Sarah Beth Gentry - Real Estate Analyst 

    Dustin Kornegay - Real Estate Analyst 
    Sarah Beth is the City's Real Estate Analyst assigned to the Six Forks Road Project. She will start to reach out to property owners along the corridor after the City holds its Design Public Touchpoint and presents the project's design to City Council.

    Proposed Design Renderings

    These renderings give an idea of what Six Forks Road will look like once the project is competed. 

    This is the proposed design for the protected intersection at the intersection of Six Forks Road and Sandy Forks Road. 

    This is rendering of the proposed design near Carrol Middle School.

    This is a rendering of the proposed bike lane design along Six Forks Road.

    The proposed typical section for Six Forks Road.

    The project is between Rowan Street and Lynn Road.

    Public Engagement

    Design Public Touchpoint

    We had a Virtual Open House page Sept 22 through Oct. 17. There is a video that explains some of the updates that have been made to the design since the Pre-Design Public Touchpoint, That video and the project maps are located on this page as well. 

    Pre-Design Public Touchpoint

    We held a pre-design virtual touchpoint in late October 2020, and finished collecting public comments in mid-November 2020.  

    What is a Public Touchpoint?

    A public Touchpoint is what we are calling public engagement when we are unable to meet in person.

    View Corridor User survey and Public Comments  

    What is the Pre-Design?

    Pre-design is when we conduct preliminary topographical surveys, traffic analysis, and public and private utility location investigations. This information helps our engineers determine early concepts we can bring to the table for our roadway improvement projects.

    The Six Forks Road Improvement Project is a result of a corridor study that also helped to guide the design concepts that we are proposing.

    Project highlights include:
    • Widening road to accommodate three lanes of travel in each direction with a planted median;
    • Separated bike lane and sidewalks on each side of the road;
    • Signal improvements and protected intersections for cyclists and pedestrians;
    • Transit stops;
    • Green stormwater infrastructure;
    • Landscaping and other amenities.

    Project information videos

    View these videos to learn more about the planning process and scope of the Six Forks Road Project. 

    Public Art

    This project will include public art. Carrie Gault, the public artist selected for this project, will work the community to create art that represents the area and the people that live, work, and play along Six Forks Road. 

    Carrie is gathering inspiration and learning about the Six Forks Road community. Visit the PublicInput project page to view community comments, find out about upcoming stakeholder meetings, and share input and stories about the neighborhood.

    To learn more about the artist and her work visit the Six Forks Road Public Art Project page.

    Past Public Engagement Events

    Event Date
    Pre-Design Public Touchpoint October 2020
    Mid-Town alliance Meeting Presentation Spring 2021
    District A Town Hall Meeting Presentation June 2021
    Design Virtual Open House / Stakeholder engagement meetings Fall 2021

    History

    Six Forks Corridor Study

    Many of the improvements for Six Forks Road were identified during the City's Six Forks Corridor Study, which City Council adopted in 2018. The section between Rowan Street and Lynn Road is the first phase as we work to implement this plan. 

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