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Council committee to evaluate Hillsborough Street road diet options

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A City Council committee will meet Wednesday to consider how to revamp the layout of Hillsborough Street near the YMCA.

The city is weighing options for a road diet that will be implemented this summer when the street is resurfaced between Woodburn Road and Park Avenue.

There is urgency to reach a decision because city transportation planners are trying to keep the project on schedule as part of a citywide resurfacing program.

The Cameron Park neighborhood association has asked for on-street parking to slow traffic and serve businesses in the district, including a popular YMCA branch.

Cyclists are pushing for bike lanes and wide sidewalks.

City Councilman Russ Stephenson, chair of the council’s comprehensive planning committee, has devised a hybrid option aimed at striking a balance. His plan would create several blocks of on-street parking while leaving space for bike lanes.

At its 5 p.m. meeting today in council chambers, the committee will consider making a recommendation to the full council. That’s a needed step if the project is to remain on schedule.

The plan ties into Raleigh's efforts to become a more walkable, bike-friendly city, particularly in residential neighborhoods that have had problems with traffic and speeding.

Further west on Hillsborough Street, the city installed roundabouts and streetscaping intended to modernize the corridor and restore its prominence as a gateway into downtown. The upcoming road diet represents another step in that process.

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