Design/Construction Newsletter, Summer Issue

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Summer Issue, June 2016

This summer is shaping up to be an extremely busy season for the Design/Construction Division. We have a large number of projects underway or scheduled to begin construction this summer, and we have a good number of projects in the design process.

July 1, 2016, will bring some new organizational changes for our division. Design/Construction will be a division of the new Engineering Services Department, which is a result of Public Works being split into two new departments, Transportation and Engineering Services.

If you are interested in our projects, make sure to check our website often, as project updates are being made frequently. Also, you can follow our projects and team on Facebook and Twitter.

Recently Completed Projects:

Six Forks Road

Six Forks Road Sidewalk Project: 

A new sidewalk was installed along the east side of Six Forks Road from Wake Forest Road to Coleridge Road. Contractors also built a box culvert extension over Big Branch to provide sufficient room for a sidewalk to run along the creek crossing, a retaining wall between the Anderson Drive loop and upgraded handicap ramps along both sides of the corridor.

Current Construction Projects:

This summer Design/Construction has quite a few projects either already under construction or getting ready to begin construction within a few months. To follow construction progress and stay informed about our projects you can visit our Street Projects and Sidewalk Projects web pages. We keep the pages updated with the latest news and information. Larger projects also have pages with more information including a basic construction schedule. You can find a listing and links to current construction projects below. 

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Glascock Street Traffic Calming Project:

The installation of traffic calming devices along Glascock Street from Raleigh Boulevard to Norris Drive started in April. Contractors are currently working on the North side of the street installing a new sidewalk.  Construction on this project is anticipated to run through fall 2016. 

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I-40 Retrofits and Pedestrian Improvement Project:

The project will improve pedestrian infrastructure on I-40 overpasses at Buck Jones Road, Avent Ferry Road, and Rock Quarry Road. Contractors are currently working at both the Avent Ferry Road and Buck Jones Road locations and are scheduled to begin construction at the Rock Quarry location soon. The project is scheduled to be complete this fall.

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Lenoir and South Street Two-way Conversion Project:

Construction began on this project in mid-March and contractors are currently working on South Street. There is a significant amount of underground infrastructure that will be replaced during the project which will require road closures and some night work. The Lenoir & South Street Project web page is updated on a regular basis and is a good source for detour information in this area. 

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Sandy Forks Road Widening Project:

Construction is full steam ahead on Sandy Forks Road. Private utility relocation work is starting to wind down, and the roadway contractor is currently installing storm drainage, watermain, and curb and gutter.  The majority of work to date has taken place between Six Forks Road and Lynn/Spring Forest Road, but will soon open up along the entire corridor this summer to complete grading and paving of the east bound side of the road. The Raleigh Public Art and Design Board also recently approved the final design concepts for the public art that will be located near the bioretention area just east of the entrance to The Lakes Apartments. Sandy Forks will be Raleigh’s first Greenroad, a sustainability rating system for roadway design and construction projects. Greenroads certification was established in 2010 and is a very similar process to the LEED certification program for building projects.

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Transylvania Avenue Street Petition Project:

This This neighborhood initiated project started construction in January 2016. The roadway will be widened, and curb and gutter will be added from Hertford Street to Beaufort Street. The corridor is now closed to through traffic, and the installation of new storm drainage, water, and sanitary sewer facilities are underway.

Summer Construction Scheduled

Buck Jones Road Widening Project:

The project is currently accepting construction bids, and we anticipate construction to begin late this summer.

Capital Boulevard Pedestrian Improvement Project:

White Oak Construction Company is anticipated to begin construction on this project in June. For more information on this project and to follow construction progress, please visit the project web page.

Mitchell Mill Road Widening Project:

On May 3, 2016, City Council awarded the construction contract for this project to Rifenburg Construction. Progress Energy has started the pole relocation process along the corridor, and the contractor is anticipating to begin work early this summer with completion in early 2018.

Sidewalk Projects:

City Council awarded a construction contract to Lanier Construction for the Chapanoke Road, Clark Avenue and New Hope Church Road Sidewalk Projects on May 17, 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin early this summer with completion by early 2017.

Feature Construction Project

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Hillsborough Street Renewal Project, Phase II

On May 3, 2016, The Hillsborough Street, Phase II construction contract was awarded to Pipeline Utilities Inc. a general contractor established in 1981 and located in Raleigh.

Construction along the Hillsborough Street corridor is scheduled to begin later this month following a groundbreaking ceremony on June 9, 2016, at 10 A.M. on the corner of Hillsborough Street and Concord Street. Mayor McFarlane, Council Member Crowder, NC State Chancellor Woodson, and other guests will give short speeches, and ceremonial groundbreaking will follow.  

The project limits are from the Rosemary St/Shepherd St intersection to the Gardner St. intersection. The project includes three single lane roundabouts and medians to promote a multi-modal facility that provides traffic efficiency and enhances vehicular and pedestrian safety along the corridor. Other features to keep an eye out for are bike lanes and bike racks, improved transit shelters, improved signage, street trees and planters, LED lighting, public art and even a rain garden. The renewal project will help transform Hillsborough Street into a destination and desirable place to work, shop, dine and live. It will enhance opportunities for cultural events, social gatherings, and doing business along the corridor.

To improve the communication process for this high visibility project, the City is launching a new Project website on June 1, 2016. The new site has a shorter URL,, and some other features that will help keep citizens informed of construction progress along the corridor. The website will be updated weekly with construction information and even features a new business along the corridor each week, reminding the public that businesses are open during construction. The Project’s Facebook page will also be updated with images and construction information on a regular basis and our Twitter account @RaleighPWDC will follow the project using #HillsboroughSt, so make sure to follow us and join the conversation. You can also sign up for a monthly e-newsletter dedicated to the Hillsborough Street Renewal Project that the Design/Construction Division will also be publishing. 

In Design

The design process of Raleigh streets and sidewalks can take several months to a few years depending on the scope of work, and involves public meetings and City Council authorization.

We maintain a listing and up to date information on all our street and sidewalk projects on both the Street Projects and Sidewalk Projects web pages. Large and Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) also have web pages with more information including a basic project schedule.


    Types of Projects

    Design/Construction projects are divided up into three categories, Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), Petition Projects, and Major Traffic Calming Projects.

    Capital Improvement Program Projects (CIP) are projects that are City initiated and approved by City Council as priority projects for the Raleigh area.  Most CIP projects are generally along high volume roadways and are part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Design/Construction Division is responsible for new street improvements, sidewalk improvements, and streetscape projects.

    Petition Projects are mostly local and neighborhood street projects initiated by property owners through the Street Petition Program and Sidewalk Petition Program. The Petition Program(s) for new streets or sidewalks requires signatures from a majority of the property owners along the street. Improvements may include paving of gravel streets, the addition of curbs and gutters or resurfacing of streets that do not have curbs and gutters, or the construction of sidewalks. Upon completion of Street Projects, a portion of the project cost is passed to the abutting property owners in the form of an assessment, while Sidewalk Petition Projects have no assessment fees.

    Traffic Calming Projects result from the City’s Neighborhood Streetscape Program. The goal of this program is to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists while improving the living conditions for residents along a street. Streets wider than 31 feet are evaluated for the Neighborhood Streetscape Program; streets narrower than 31 feet may qualify as a Minor Traffic Calming Project.

    Staff Highlight

    The Design/Construction Division consists of 38 employees spread over five programs (Roadway, CADD Services, Survey Services, Contract Inspections, and Assessments/Petitions). With each newsletter, we like to spotlight one or two members of the team.

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    L. Fernando Rios 

    L. Fernando Rios is an Industrial Engineer originally from Peru. He joined the City of Raleigh Right-of-Way Inspections group in August of 2007 where he inspected infrastructure construction on private development projects. In September of 2013, he joined the Design & Construction Division and became a Senior Engineering Inspector dedicated to Capital Improvement Projects.

    Before moving to Raleigh, Fernando worked for the City of Manassas Public Works Department in Virginia as an Engineering Inspector and was also part of WDP & Assoc. for over eight years as a Sr. Inspector and later became the Materials Laboratory Manager where he gained valuable experience in the construction industry.

    In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, camping, hiking and playing soccer.



    Sylvester Percival

    Sylvester Percival

    Once again we congratulate Sylvester Percival on his recent promotion.  Sylvester was promoted from a Project Engineer II to Senior Project Engineer for City of Raleigh Roadway Capital Improvement Projects.

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