Willard Street Re-Striping

Project Summary

Restriping of Willard Street to install bicycle climbing lane


The planned bike lane on Willard Street will provide a northbound connection from the downtown Durham American Tobacco Trail access point to Jackson Street with a connection to the proposed Duke-Gregson bicycle lane. The waterline construction provides a low-cost opportunity to restripe the street to improve bicycle safety in Durham.


The bike lane will travel along Willard Street, from the intersection of Blackwell Street to the intersection of Jackson Street.

Bike Facilities 

The restriping will include a one-way buffered bike lane along the east side of Willard Street.

Wayfinding signage will be installed at the intersection of Willard Street and Jackson Street to direct northbound cyclists to the proposed bike lane on Duke Street.

Jackson Street will also be restriped to include bicycle sharrows to connect Willard Street and S Duke Street bike lanes.


There is a survey and interactive map available throughout the design process for the public to send comments and suggestions to the staff about the proposed restriping. The survey and Remix map will open for public comments until April 1, 2021.

Remix Interactive Map

See the full interactive map or click below.
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Provide your input on the proposed re-striping via survey (closed).

Project Contact

If you have any additional questions on the re-striping, please contact Brian Taylor via email.


Scope and Timeline 

The restriping will take place in coordination with Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the American Tobacco District Waterline Replacement construction in 2021 and 2022. The American Tobacco District Waterline project does not include the section of Willard Street between Jackson Street and Chapel Hill Street.

Summer/Fall 2021 – American Tobacco District Phase 1 Waterline replacement

  • Restripe Willard Street from Julian Carr Street to Jackson Street 
  • Restripe Jackson Street to include bicycle sharrows to connect Willard Street to S Duke Street 

Summer 2022 – American Tobacco District Phase 2 Waterline replacement 

  • Restripe Willard Street (Jackie Robinson Drive) from Julian Carr Street to Blackwell Street to connect the American Tobacco Trail to the bicycle lane

Parking Impacts 

The re-striping of Willard Street will require the removal of event-only parking on the east side of the street. Hourly parking will remain unaltered along the west side of the street.


From Blackwell to Julian Carr, the proposed design adds a bike lane and buffer on the east side.