Traffic Updates – Watts St. bike boulevard and East End Connector

By Beth Emerson

Did you know that Watts Street is a pilot “bike boulevard”? The City of Durham is working to create easy, safe neighborhood bike routes along low traffic streets, adding signage, pavement markings, and speed and volume control measures where appropriate. Design is currently underway, with construction expected this year. Many neighbors have been enjoying walking and biking along Watts St. since October, when temporary signs and partial traffic barriers were installed as part of the “Durham Shared Streets” pilot project.

East End Connector update: NC-147 work is complete, and the new connector is scheduled to open to traffic in June 2021. This project was planned to help travelers from North Durham travel to RTP and beyond without having to cut through downtown. For more than 20 years, we’ve been anxiously anticipating its completion, hoping it will reduce traffic on Duke/Gregson. For an informative summary of the project’s LONG history, see

Neighborhood concerns, New Developments