Hillsborough Street Roundabouts

Hillsborough Street Construction Activities: Week of July 13-17 by NCSITE_Todd
July 9, 2009, 9:59 am
Filed under: Construction

During the week of July 13 through 17, construction crews will be conducting the following activities:

  • Electrical utility work by Progress Energy at Gardner Street;
  • Installation of water lines, sewer lines, and utility duct bank on the south side of Hillsborough Street starting at Tompkins Hall and heading west towards Logan Avenue and Chamberlain Street;
  • Installation of water lines and grading on Ferndell Lane;
  • Installation of conduit on the south side of Hillsborough at Enterprise Street and heading west;
  • Installation of conduit on the south side of Hillsborough near Pullen Road;
  • Construction of brick walls at the Hillsborough entrance to Pullen Park and near Wardlaw Building;
  • Paving activities on Pullen Road extension between Oberlin Road and Hillsborough/Pullen intersection;
  • Installation of light pole bases and brick pavers on the south side of Hillsborough between Oberlin and Pullen Roads; and
  • Grading and preparation of various sites for future construction activities.

Construction work on Pullen Road approaching Hillsborough Street may require detours around the Bell Tower along Watauga Club Drive.  Traffic delays are also expected between Oberlin Road and Enterprise Street due to intense construction activities in the area.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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How are blind folks going to be able to navigate across a street near a roundabout that never stops traffic??

Comment by Rebecca

Hi Rebecca, and thanks for the question.

We have worked throughout the design process with accessibility specialists and educators at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind to take a look at this issue. The City also has a great partner on the project, NC State’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE), who is currently looking at the issues and provided expert advice during the design process.

For crossing Hillsborough Street at the roundabout, the eastern crossing is actually down the street at Oberlin Road with a pedestrian signal for pedestrian traffic between Cameron Village, Cameron Park, and the University. There is a small fence along the sidewalk at the roundabout where the crosswalk would usually be to help direct blind pedestrians to the crossing at the corner of Oberlin and Hillsborough. On the west side of the roundabout, the crossing is actually just beyond the roundabout near Maiden Lane, where the auditory cues of traffic will be easier to hear. That crosswalk leads to the Belltower stairs and over the Pullen Road on the south side. There are also pedestrian signals at the Enterprise Street intersection.

For crossing Pullen Road at the roundabout, the traffic will be less than on Hillsborough and the crosswalks are signed with large pedestrian crossing signs, about one car length back from where cars enter the roundabout. There is also a pedestrian refuge area in the splitter islands. Motorists will be required to yield to pedestrians. We will be monitoring the crossings after the roundabout opens and may consider installing rectangular rapid flashing beacons with pedestrian buttons on the signs to make drivers more aware of a pedestrian (blind or not) attempting to cross.

Thanks again and feel free to contact us at 919-677-2004 or hillsboroughroundabout@ci.raleigh.nc.us with further questions or comments.

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