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Downtown Streetscape Improvements

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Project Overview

The Town is working with community stakeholders to improve or create new streetscape along N. Graham St. and N. Roberson St. between Franklin and Rosemary streets. The goal of the project is to increase pedestrian mobility and safety by promoting accessibility, consistency and visibility.

Project Status

The Town has discussed the proposed streetscape improvements with property owners and other key stakeholders. We are now showing preliminary designs to stakeholders for input before creating final designs for contractors to bid on in the Spring. Construction is anticipated to occur shortly after UNC graduation in May 2020.

About Streetscape Projects

Streetscape is designed to enhance the pedestrian experience with sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, public art and plantings, along with other improvements in the public rights-of-way. Like almost all other Downtown streetscape improvements, this project is bond-funded, specifically through the 2015 Streets and Sidewalks bond.

The current design for the streetscape looks very similar to that recently constructed along W. Rosemary St. though the Town is exploring potential additions to the design to reflect the history of the area. See below for a video about the success of the W. Rosemary St. streetscape improvements from 2017:


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Images of the current state of Graham and Roberson curb space, taken January 2020.

Questions or comments about this project? Call or email Sarah Poulton at 919-969-5009 or

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