Collector Street Plan

Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: Existing Conditions
Chapter Three: Methodology
Chapter Four: Recommended Plan
Chapter Five: Policy and Implementation

Wake County Collector Street Plan
Wake County's Transportation Plan recommended that the Collector Street Plan be prepared in order to better determine the location, design and spacing of roads that connect neighborhoods and activity centers to one another.
The Collector Street Plan is designed to reduce dependence on thoroughfares within the County where congestion is regularly experienced. Additionally, by creating a network of collector streets, the County is seeking to improve pedestrian and bicycle connections through responsible street design principles. The County is also working to improve overall mobility and air quality, increase trip route choices and preserve the region's quality of life.

The principle of any Thoroughfare/Collector Plan is to make a connection; these documents do not seek to predetermine a specific route. The emphasis is, therefore, on connectivity and not alignment. The specific location of future thoroughfares and collectors, and the timeframe in which they will be constructed will be determined by future development.

The Collector Street Plan Steering Committee was composed of representatives from Wake County's Planning staff, the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), and local municipalities.  The Collector Street Plan is consistent with the adopted transportation plans of municipalities within the county.

Wake County residents and citizens of the larger metropolitan area will enjoy the benefits of a solid network of arterial, collector and local streets that are designed to accomplish the following goals:

  • Timely and direct routes through increased interconnectivity – ease of access to and from pockets of activity, like neighborhoods to shopping centers, will be improved.
  • Potential for reduced congestion – short trips can be made without using thoroughfares, thereby preserving their capacity for longer trips.
  • Increased mobility for alternative modes of transportation – collector streets serve as ideal corridors for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit vehicles.
  • Cost – costs can be shared by public and private entities, thereby reducing the need for costly roadway improvements.