Duke Street Re-striping


Re-striping to install two-way cycle track on Duke Street and widen existing bike lanes on Chapel Hill Street.


The planned two-way cycle track on Duke Street will provide a safe north-south bicycling connection in downtown Durham between Main Street and Chapel Hill Street. Pedestrian and bus rider safety will also be improved by narrowing driving lanes to discourage speeding and marking crosswalks. The waterline projects provide a low-cost opportunity to restripe these streets to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in downtown Durham.


  • Duke Street - Jackson Street to W Main Street
  • Chapel Hill Street - NC 147 On-Ramp to Pettigrew Street

Bike and Pedestrian Facilities 

  • two-way cycle track on Duke Street
  • buffered bike lanes on Chapel Hill Street (vertical protection to be installed separately) 
  • bike boxes; two-stage turn boxes; bike intersection skips
  • high visibility crosswalks


Public Meeting

A virtual public meeting on the re-striping was held on Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. 


The survey for those interested in making comments on the proposed re-striping has closed.

Project Contact

If you have any additional questions on the proposed re-striping, please contact Brian Taylor via email at [email protected].

Scope and Timeline

The re-striping will take place in two parts, in coordination with two waterline replacement projects that will start construction in 2022.

Summer 2022 American Tobacco District Phase 2 Waterline Replacement

  1. Re-stripe Duke Street from Jackson Street to Peabody Street for two-way cycle track
  2. Re-stripe Chapel Hill Street to widen bike lanes and add bike intersection skips 

Late 2023 W Main Street Waterline Replacement

  1. Re-stripe Duke Street from Peabody Street to Main Street for two-way cycle track

Impacts to Vehicle Traffic and Parking

Traffic Impacts: A preliminary traffic impact analysis determined that vehicle lane reductions needed to accommodate bicycle lanes would have a marginal impact on the vehicular Level of Service on Duke Street.

Parking Impacts: Impacts on public parking in the Brightleaf district are marginal.  The re-striping of Duke Street will require the removal of three metered parking spaces.