Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Traffic circles in the works?

What new look for Hillsborough Street is right around the corner? Rumor has it that drivers may be going in circles.

A streetscape and roadway redesign plan including traffic roundabouts—circular traffic patterns that eliminate left-hand turns—was created during an October 1999 design charrette, which was attended by local designers, engineers and community development experts. The goal since then has been to continue to develop ideas for improving traffic flow, increasing safety and enhancing the appearance and economic vitality of the street. The Hillsborough Street Partnership, a non-profit group composed of city and university officials, the University Park Homeowners Association, and area business owners and managers, was formed to support planning efforts. After seven years of stop-and-go progress, the plans are moving forward.
Representatives from the City of Raleigh and Kimley-Horn and Associates, the design firm hired for the project, held a public meeting Oct. 4 on the NCSU campus to encourage further input on the two-part plan, which will be presented for approval by the city council at its meeting Nov. 7. Our group will report on the council’s reaction. Meanwhile….



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