Durham Begins Anderson Street Resurfacing Sept. 7

August 31, 2010

On September 7, 2010, the City of Durham will begin resurfacing a portion of Anderson Street through Duke University’s Central Campus, permanently removing 37 on-street parking spaces to provide for new bicycle lanes.
The project, funded with 2005 and 2007 bond funds, will resurface Anderson Street between Erwin Road and Campus Drive, followed by striping of new bicycle lanes. The project is expected to last approximately one week, weather permitting. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be maintained throughout the resurfacing project, but minor motorist delays should be expected and motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible. The City’s contractor will also be resurfacing Anderson Street between Duke University Road and Morehead Avenue during this same time period.
According to Dale McKeel, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Durham’s Department of Transportation, the project is underway as part of Durham’s Comprehensive Bicycle Transportation Plan, which recommends that bicycle lanes be provided on this section of Anderson Street.

“This project is especially needed in this area due to the significant increase in the number of cyclists around Duke and the need to provide a safer way for them to travel,” McKeel said. “More transportation options also helps the City reach its goal of creating better mobility and connectivity in Durham, which ultimately helps us reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and gets us closer to reaching our goals in the Durham Greenhouse Gas Emissions Plan. As more residents choose to bike rather than drive, then less harmful emissions are released into our environment.”
According to Samuel Veraldi, director of Duke University Parking & Transportation Services, the project also supports Duke’s goal of becoming a carbon-neutral campus by 2024 by promoting bicycling as a more sustainable means of travel.

“We have more than doubled the number of registered bikers in the last year as a result of an incentive program for faculty and staff and a bike loan program for students,” Veraldi said. “Creating designated bike lanes on streets like Anderson make it easier and safer for people to travel by bike and will encourage others to give it a try.”
For more details about the resurfacing portion of this project, contact Byron Brady, contract management supervisor with the City’s Department of Public Works, at (919) 560-4326, extension 30296 or via e-mail at Byron.Brady@durhamnc.gov. For more details about the bicycle striping portion of this project, contact McKeel at (919) 560-4366, ext. 36421 or via e-mail at Dale.McKeel@durhamnc.gov.