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Fayetteville Street Mall

Kimley-Horn provided civil engineering, traffic planning, and transportation engineering services for the revitalization of Fayetteville Street in Raleigh.

Kimley-Horn developed a plan to convert four blocks of Fayetteville Street, a Raleigh main street, to a pedestrian and transit-oriented mall in an effort to revitalize the city’s central business district.

As part of its overall revitalization efforts downtown, the City of Raleigh reconstructed the former Fayetteville Street Pedestrian Mall and reopened it to vehicular traffic. Phase II of this “Fayetteville Street Renaissance,” in conjunction with the design and construction of a new Convention Center, the City extended Fayetteville Street southward from Davie Street through the former city plaza and convention center site to Lenoir Street.

The design was a challenge due to the substantial width of the street, which formerly offered parking on both sides. Cited by the Federal Highway Administration as the “nation’s best intermodal facility,” the mall extends from the State Capitol building to the Civic Center. Kimley-Horn was responsible for general civil engineering services, as well as all traffic engineering and transportation planning, including design of signals and intersections that cross the mall.

The revitalized downtown space is now a hub of activity day and night, drawing workers and visitors to downtown Raleigh.