Posts Tagged ‘sidewalks’

Lake Wheeler Road Improvements on CAMPO’s List

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

$2.1 million being pumped into the Lake Wheeler Road corridor? Am I reading this right?

This news is back from October 19, but relevant to our area. Neighbors have been asking for pedestrian improvements to the Lake Wheeler Road corridor for years, but we keep hitting road blocks. Some believe that the lack of a master plan for the road is one problem. Long-term plans have included a 5-lane option, a 4-lane with a median option, and even a 3-lane option for road expansion.

The requests and dialog that I’ve seen go to City Council haven’t focused on expanding the road so that our neighbors to the South can get to downtown and I-40 faster–we’ve been asking for sidewalks and crosswalks. Have you tried to walk to Carolina Pines Park from our neighborhoods? Good luck crossing Lake Wheeler Road.

Lake Wheeler Road

Lake Wheeler Road

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Sick of the Signs, but I Cast my Vote

Monday, November 1st, 2010

First of all, if you don’t read anything else on this post, read this: exercise your right to vote. Get out and vote if you haven’t already. You probably work hard for a living and may not have time to pay attention to all the drama that is our political scene. To be honest, I pay attention–most of the time. I have a family, a full time job, a full time volunteer effort, and I’m training for my first marathon. I’m busy. But I’m casting my vote on November 2. You should too–because there is a lot at stake.

Now to a rant that’s been bothering me. Maybe you feel the same way?

Political signs. They are everywhere and they are annoying.

This isn’t a rant about all the (more…)

Tryon Road and Lake Wheeler Road Funding

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I’m sure many people are interested in both the Lake Wheeler Road improvements and the Tryon Road, Part C project. The City of Raleigh recently announced the major road projects that are to be included in their 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Both projects made the cut for phase one, which means that funds are being allocated for the projects.

What does that all mean? I’m not sure yet. But I’ve got some research to do, as I’m concerned about the coordination with Tryon Road Part C and the Tryon Road bridge. For now, check out the details for these two projects in our vicinity.

CITY’S ADOPTED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM ALLOCATES FUNDS FOR MAJOR STREET CONSTRUCTION

In its adopted Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the City of Raleigh continues its commitment to improving the Capital City’s major streets. (more…)

Text Change TC-3-10 Approved, Pedestrian Access

Monday, August 9th, 2010

The following information provided by the City of Raleigh

Text change TC-3-10 has been approved.  TC-3-10 rewrites City Code Section 10-2091, Pedestrian Access.  The regulations update the City’s Zoning Code to comply with the recently adopted NC State Building Code legislation on ADA accessibility; and incorporates several recommended policies found in the Land Use, Environmental and Transportation Elements of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

These new regulations are effective for all new site plans submitted on or after (more…)

SWCAC Budget Concerns for June 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Community money

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At the May 2010 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), one of our main topics was budget. The context is things we need money for in our neighborhoods. One thing we’ve learned in SWCAC is that if you don’t ask the City Council for it, you’ll never get it.

The most recent example is the neighborhood park we’re trying to establish at the corner of Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. (more…)

Eric Lamb Talks Raleigh Rail, Resurfacing Avent Ferry, and More

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I got a chance to catch up with Eric Lamb, Manager, Transportation Services Division, City of Raleigh Public Works Department or as I like to call him, guru of all things transit-related. If he doesn’t know the answer to something, he’ll be sure to find out. Eric is probably one of the most outgoing and knowledgeable city staffers I’ve had the pleasure of working with. When I asked him to do a five questions interview for the blog, he was on it. I was curious about a few things from all the chatter about rail in Raleigh to Neighborhood Traffic Management (does this mean speed bumps on your neighborhood streets?). Let’s see what Eric has to say:

Image provided by Eric Lamb

Image provided by Eric Lamb

1) There is a lot of talk about rail. Is the City of Raleigh ready for rail? What are the current financing options being discussed?

First, some full disclosure: I love trains.  When I travel to other cities, I spend part of my free time exploring their transit systems (and my generous family puts up with me).  I recently had the pleasure of exploring the London Underground system, which was both spectacular and overwhelming.  (more…)

Neighbors Collaborate to Tackle City Issues

Monday, December 21st, 2009

On Monday, December 14, 2009, I lead a design thinking session at the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC) meeting at Carolina Pines park in Raleigh, NC. Our goal for this meeting? To solve neighborhood problems the open source way. I told the SWCAC Chair, Mary Belle Pate, that I wanted to foster participation, collaboration, and shared benefit to tackle these topics. What I didn’t anticipate was the shared knowledge and community that came out of the hour-long session.
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SWCAC December 2009 Agenda

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The December 2009 agenda for the South West Citizen Advisory Council (SWCAC) is below. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:00 PM at Carolina Pines.

Special note – please bring new socks and/or underwear for either men or women to this meeting. they will be our holiday gifts to our neighbors, the men of the healing place for men and the women of the healing place for women.

  1. Police report and safety suggestions – Officer Upchurch
  2. Parks & Recreation activities – Nickey Brewster
  3. The Healing Place – Executive Director Dennis Parnell will explain the purpose of our valuable neighbor, The Healing Place for Men, and The Healing Place for Women, located in northwest Raleigh, and then update us on their accomplishments.
  4. A major strategy session on the following topics: (more…)