University Dr. Resurfacing

Improve mobility and connectivity for people who walk, bike, use transit, and drive. 

Lead Department/Agency: North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) (State-owned roads)

Participating Department: City of Durham Transportation

Design Contractors: Stantec, Brick & Story, and Just Cities Collective (State-owned roads)

Contact Information: 
[email protected] 

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Project Description

Resurfacing is an opportunity to restripe roadways to improve safety for people who walk, bike, use transit, and drive. Resurfacing occurs on State and City-owned and maintained roadways to improve and preserve pavement conditions. However, because this project uses roads that already exist, improvements are limited to changes to pavement paint markings. For example, you can improve or add bike lanes and crosswalks, but this project will not allow you to address needs beyond the width of the road, such as building a new sidewalk. 

Additionally, changes proposed by the City to University Dr. which is a State-owned roadway, must adhere to NCDOT standards, so there may not be as many opportunities for improvements on this roadway.

PROJECT SCHEDULEEngagement graphic with arrows down

  • Project Kick-Off: November 2023
  • Engagement: January 2023 - February 25, 2024
  • Anticipated Design Completion: March 2024
  • Anticipated Construction Start: May 2024
  • Anticipated Construction Completion: November 2024  

Project Schedule Status

A design team - Stantec Engineering, Brick & Story, and Just Cities Collective - was hired by the City of Durham to conduct field investigation and traffic analysis, develop design plans, and hold engagement meetings with stakeholders for the State-owned & maintained roadways. They began data collection in November 2023 and are in the traffic analysis and engagement phase. 

Project Information

Project Limits

University Dr. (US 15-501 Bus) from Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd (US 15-501 Bus) to East Forest Hills Blvd. 

Demographic Screening 

The Liberty St. and Dillard St. results from the N.C. Equity & Transportation Disadvantage Screening Tool can be viewed here


This design project is City-funded through the Capital Improvements Program.  

University Drive Resurfacing Project Map with Title

community engagementEngagement graphic with arrow to the left

Beginning in February, City staff will host public open houses and pop-up events to discuss pavement marking changes for University Drive. Planners and engineers will attend these events to explain the work, gather feedback, and answer questions.

Interactive Comment Map

Submit University Dr. comments on this interactive web map by 2/25/2024.

University Dr Comment Map Picture

Public Comment Survey

Open Houses 

The public can drop in at any time during the scheduled open house event. Each event will have a roadway focus, but public comments can be collected for all project roads. A Spanish translator will be present, please contact [email protected] if other language assistance is needed.  

Forest Hills Neighborhood Clubhouse (1639 University Dr.)Tuesday, February 6, 20245:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Pop-Up Events

The public can drop by anytime during the scheduled pop-up events. A Spanish interpreter will be present at the Compare Foods event and be accessible by phone at all other events. Please contact [email protected] if other language assistance or accommodations are needed.

GoDurham Transit Station, transit rider waiting area (409 Willard St.)Monday, February 5, 202412:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Durham Farmers' Market (501 Foster St.)Saturday, February 17, 2024 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Compare Foods (2000 Avondale Dr.)Sunday, February 18, 20241:00 PM to 4:00 PM 

2024 NCDOT Road Resurfacing Project List with Details