Peace Street Bridge Replacement on Capital Blvd Moving Ahead

cap_blvd2After years of planning and the review of multiple designs, the city is now down to just two options for how the new bridge will connect into the surrounding area.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Winter 2013 – Environmental Assessment
  • Spring 2014 – Public Hearing
  • Fall 2014 – Final Environmental Document
  • Year 2015 – Begin Right of Way Acquisition
  • Year 2016 – Begin Construction

Why it matters so much

The selection of the final bridge design stands to hugely impact the development of the surrounding area. The bridge could become an important catalyst to spark a major makeover of a large swath of underdeveloped area on the northeast corner of Glenwood South.

The city prefers the “P-5” design, considered to be the most consistent with the work already done as part of the Capital Blvd Corridor Study.  A new street grid will be created to handle traffic on and off the new bridge that will open up new redevelopment lots bounded by Johnson, Harrington and Peace Streets.

The P-5 or “square loop” design will obviously cost more that the other option, which is basically to put the bridge ramps in the same configuration as they are today.

There have been numerous posts on this blog about how a better road network in this northern end of downtown can restore vitality to the area, and I’m sure most people would agree on the need to finally address the poor pedestrian and bike conditions along East Peace Street.

Review the alternative bridge designs

Jump over to the Raleigh Connoisseur for an in-depth description of the new bridge alternatives.

1 Comment

  1. Jim Belt

    The final public meeting for the project is now scheduled for April 22nd (4-8pm) at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The NCDOT is requiring the city to make a decision on the interchange design by May 23rd.

    The DLA is urging all residents to support the “square loop” design for the bridge over Peace Street, as it creates a more attractive development and pedestrian friendly environment in this underdeveloped area on the northeast side of Glenwood South.

    Additionally, the square loop design, as opposed to the “as is” alternative, is consistent with the city adopted Capital Blvd Corridor Plan, which calls for the creation of a destination park in the Devereux Meadows area along with new greenway connections and the conversion of Pigeon House Branch Creek into an open waterway along Capital Blvd..