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Extending West Street in Raleigh, North Carolina

The West Street Extension Project requires considering a range of environmental and traffic issues.

Raleigh West Street Extension

Opportunity

The Raleigh West Street Extension project proposes to extend West Street between Cabarrus Street and West Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. This project will develop an Environmental Assessment followed by a Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI).

The project also includes traffic analyses, confirmation of data from the previous feasibility study on the project along with project renderings, sketches, plans, sections, details and public involvement.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will act as the lead Federal agency on this project. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will act as a cooperating agency.

Solution

As a subconsultant to Baker, Mott MacDonald will coordinate with the railroads, including Norfolk Southern, CSX-Transportation, and NC Railroad along with the North Carolina Rail Division and validate designs from the S. West Street Extension Alternatives Study performed in May 2010. Our staff will develop traffic volumes with the project and perform a traffic analysis for the study area including any recommended improvements based on project traffic impacts.

Mott MacDonald staff will be involved in traffic analysis, design, QA/QC, estimating, coordination, and public involvement.

Outcome

To ensure consistency, Mott MacDonald is coordinating with the ongoing Environmental Assessment being prepared by the NCDOT for the development of Raleigh Union Station, which has received Tiger Grant funding, and its associated rail improvements.

Due to historic issues and the urban area associated with the proposed West Street Extension, considerable effort has been put into public and agency coordination.

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