Pedestrian Plan Status Updates

Update, November 17, 2017:

Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan continued to see progress over the past week.  Barnhill Contracting removed a short section of the asphalt Duck Trail connecting to the shoulder of Duck Road by the Four Seasons property.  Until further notice, this area is closed to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.  This section of the Duck Trail will be reconstructed further to the east and extend to the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa.  Barnhill also installed a substantial amount of silt fencing to prevent erosion and sedimentation in the southern portion of the project area.  Out of respect to local businesses and many visitors in Duck over the during the holiday week, Barnhill Contracting has left the project area in a clean and safe condition and does not plan to engage in any construction work during the week of Thanksgiving.  It is anticipated that the pace of work will pick up in the weeks following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Update, November 9, 2017:

Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan continues moving forward. Barnhill Contracting recently completed survey work in preparation for the excavation and grading for the new retaining walls. The upcoming week of November 13th will see installation of silt fencing to prevent erosion and sedimentation in the project area. Excavation for new retaining walls and minor grading work will likely start the following week. The contractors will leave the project area in a clean and safe condition and will not have any active construction work over the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

For questions about these proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, November 3, 2017:

Over the past week, Barnhill Construction has removed retaining walls along Duck Road in all areas without utility conflicts. For the upcoming week of November 6th, survey work is expected to be completed in preparation for the excavation and grading for the new retaining walls. It is anticipated that survey work will start at the southern end of the project and head north. The installation of silt fencing to prevent erosion and minor grading work may possibly start toward the end of the week.

For questions about these proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, October 26, 2017:

The first week of the sidewalk construction in Duck is complete and we saw the removal of limited tree and vegetation in order to make way for the new sidewalk.

This coming week of October 30th you can expect to see the removal of several wooden retaining walls in the project area beginning at the south end of the Village and moving north to the end as utility conflicts will allow.  This phase is expected to be completed before the weeks end.  The contractor does anticipate the need to skip over a few walls while utilities are relocated.  Once the existing retaining walls have been removed, you can expect to see some surveying stakes being located so that the next phase of the project may begin.

For questions about these proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, October 20, 2017:

Sidewalk Construction to Begin Duck Village!

Barnhill Contracting has informed the Town of Duck of the company plans to begin limited tree and vegetation removal on Monday, October 23rd in preparation for construction of Phase I of bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Duck Village. The bulk of the Phase I construction will take place over the late-Fall/Winter months, with an expected completion date sometime in late-April/early-May 2018.

The Phase I of the project is located along the east side of Duck Road between the existing Duck Trail north of Four Seasons Lane and Duck Deli. Planned improvements during this phase of the project include a dedicated bike lane, landscaped strip, and sidewalk along the east side of Duck Road. This phase will also involve utility relocation, installation/enhancement of reflective crosswalks over Duck Road, installation of a gateway median south of Duck Village, and installation of a pedestrian island/median in the crosswalk at Sunset Grille north of Duck Village.  There will be portions of the trail that will be closed during the project.

Beginning Monday, October 23, 2017 crews will be moving along in a south to north direction beginning at Four Season clearing trees, brush, landscaping and other small miscellaneous obstructions to include posts and fences and the like .  The contractor anticipates that this will take approximately 3 days barring any equipment or weather delays.

The following week, beginning October 30, 2017 they will be removing wooden retaining walls from one end moving along to the other end as utility conflicts will allow. They may need to skip over a few walls until utilities can be relocated.  This schedule is all subject to change so we will provide additional updates as they become available.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, July 6, 2017:

Phase I & II of the NC 12 Pedestrians Improvements have been advertised for bid requests.  Sealed Bids for the construction of this project will be received, by the Town of Duck, at their office located at 1200 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949 until 2:00 PM local time on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read.

Phase I & II of the project consists of:

Installation of erosion and sediment control devices, selective demolition of existing walkways, pavement, wooden retaining walls and vegetation, eradication of existing pavement markings; fill, earthwork, and paving for new asphalt and concrete walks, concrete and asphalt drives; construction of new landscaped medians with concrete curb; new pavement markings and signage, new wooden retaining walls; roadside restoration, infiltration trench and site landscaping.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, March 1, 2017:

Pedestrian Improvements to Enhance Duck Village

VHB Planning & Engineering has been working with Town officials, property owners, business owners, the N.C. Department of Transportation, and Dominion Power to complete final designs and specifications for pedestrian improvements throughout Duck Village.  Due to the substantial cost of the planned pedestrian improvements (estimated at over $2.9 million by VHB) and the need to complete construction of the improvements during the off-season, the project is planned to be constructed in three phases.

Planned for construction in late-Fall 2017, the first phase of the project will be located along the east side of Duck Road from the existing Duck Trail north of Four Seasons Lane to Duck Deli.  Planned improvements during the first phase of the project include a dedicated bike lane, landscaped strip, and sidewalk along both sides of Duck Road.  The first phase will also involve utility relocation, installation/enhancement of reflective crosswalks over Duck Road, installation of a gateway median south of Duck Village, and installation of a pedestrian island/median in the crosswalk Sunset Grille north of Duck Village.

As the final design and permitting are completed, VHB and Town officials will be in contact with all affected business and property owners to communicate information about the project’s design and construction schedule.

The Town of Duck has been notified that it will receive a grant award in the amount of $446,887 from the Dare County Tourist Board in July 2017 to help fund the first phase of the Duck Village pedestrian improvements.  Duck Town Council will officially consider funding the remaining $540,736 of the phase one project during its FY 2017-18 budget review this spring.  The Town will continue to seek grants and other sources of funding to help defray the construction costs for future phases as well.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, June 16, 2016:

Duck Moving Forward with Pedestrian Improvements

While awaiting the completion of final designs and permitting for significant pedestrian improvements throughout Duck Village, the Town of Duck is engaged in efforts to implement other aspects of the Town’s adopted pedestrian plan.

This spring, the Town completed the first phase of a project installing new reflective crosswalks across the side streets at dozens of intersections.  The recently adopted budget contains funding to add reflective crosswalk striping at all of the remaining intersections north of Duck Village.

To improve safety at crosswalks over Duck Road, the Town of Duck recently completed a pilot project installing solar light poles at three of the busiest pedestrian crosswalks in the Village (Aqua, Town Hall, and Sunset Grille).  The Town will be evaluating the effectiveness of the solar powered lighting to determine if similar lighting fixtures should be added at other crosswalks in the future.

The pedestrian plan also recommends the removal of vegetation and other obstructions that block the views of drivers as they approach intersections throughout the town.  The Town of Duck has coordinated with property owners and a landscape contractor to remove vegetation and other obstructions to improve the safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians at these intersections.  It is anticipated that this project will be completed by mid-July.

This spring, the Town also completed a project to repair/repave a section of the Duck Trail adjoining the Sound-Sea Village neighborhood while installing needed improvements to address stormwater ponding in the area.  The installation of an underground drainage collection system and permeable concrete paving has greatly improved drainage issues along this area of the Duck Trail.

While these projects have been underway, VHB Planning & Engineering has been working with Town officials, property owners, the N.C. Department of Transportation, and Dominion Power to complete a detailed design and specifications for recommended sidewalk improvements throughout Duck Village.  Throughout most areas of the village, the design will include a dedicated bike lane, landscaped strip, and sidewalk along both sides of Duck Road.  Areas immediately north and south of Duck Village will be improved with an 8 foot wide shared use path matching up with the existing Duck Trail.

Due to the substantial cost of these improvements (estimated at over $2.8 million by VHB), it is highly likely that construction of these improvements will be phased over a period of years.  As a side benefit, the phasing will help ensure that construction can be completed when it is least obtrusive during the off-season.  The Town will be seeking grants and other sources of funding to help defray the construction costs.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, November 18, 2015:

At the November 18, 2015, Chris DeWitt and Margaret Kubilins (VHB) presented an update to the Duck Town Council on Pedestrian Improvement plans and the Duck Trail Side Street Crossing Safety Plan, including an update on data collection from surveys, an overview of the preliminary layout, schematic designs, a trail crossings assessment, the funding schedule and more. Click here to view slides from the presentation. A video of the November 18 Town Council meeting is available on the Town of Duck YouTube Channel DuckPR.

Update, March 25, 2015:

Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan Surveyors to Collect Data Along Duck Road

As you travel along Duck Road this spring, you may notice various colors of spray paint along the roadway.  The Town of Duck is proceeding with the engineering design phase of the pedestrian improvements in the recently adopted Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.  A copy of the plan can be found on the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan webpage.  This work began in February and for several more weeks you can expect to see personnel from TSC Surveying, GET Solutions, and Accumark working along Duck Road and into the adjacent yards and lawns to collect the necessary data for the project. At no time will any personnel require access to any residence or business. These personnel will be collecting data on topographic and boundary survey, soils testing, and underground utility locating for use in the design of the proposed pedestrian improvements.

Update, January 21, 2015: 

The Duck Town Council authorized the Town Manager to execute an agreement with VHB Engineering of NC (VHB) to develop plans, specifications, and bidding documents specifically related to infrastructure improvements in the village-commercial area. View the improvements identified in the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan document.

Update, September 11, 2014:

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., the Town Council of the Town of Duck will conduct a public hearing on the following item:

Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan

The Town of Duck Town Council will hold a public hearing and receive comments on the final draft Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan (CPP).  The CPP is a long range planning document that recommends improvements to the multi-modal transportation system within the Town. Please click here to review the final draft. (It is a large file; therefore, you will need to download the PDF.)  The plan identifies project costs, implementation priorities and action items that will assist the Town of Duck with the implementation of suggested infrastructure improvements, public outreach and education and policy actions. A steering committee was formed to guide the CPP planning process, which was comprised of representatives from the Town of Duck business community, residents, community planners and elected officials, as well as Town contracted consultants and representatives from NCDOT. The final draft CPP has been reviewed and approved by NCDOT and NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. The Town of Duck Town Council will hold a public hearing and accept comments on the plan prior to considering a resolution to formally adopt the plan.

Any person may appear or be represented by an agent to present comments on these items.  Written comments may be submitted to the Town Council, Town of Duck, P.O. Box 8369, 1200 Duck Road, Duck, North Carolina 27949 or via e-mail at info@townofduck.com.  Staff reports, including the draft of the Dare County Comprehensive Transportation Plan, will be available approximately five days in advance of the meeting.  To receive these documents you can contact the Town Clerk at the mailing address above or at 252-255-1234.  You can also download the meeting materials at Town Council.

Update, July 28, 2014:

NCDOT is still reviewing the draft Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.  A public hearing will be scheduled for the regular Town Council meeting tentatively in October 2014.  For questions, please contact Chris Layton, Town Manager, at clayton@townofduck.com or 252.255.1234.

Update, February 20, 2014:

The Duck Town Council reviewed the draft Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan Recommendations presented by VHB at the Council meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. To view the draft, please click here. (It is a large file; therefore, the PDF will need to be downloaded.) It is currently under review by the NCDOT.  A public hearing will be scheduled for the late summer. For questions, please contact Chris Layton, Town Manager, at clayton@townofduck.com or 252.255.1234.

At the first steering committee meeting, data collection needs for the plan were discussed.  Pedestrian counts in the Village were conducted the week of July 22, 2013.  The counts took place on Wednesday and Thursday of that week (July 24th and July 25th).  Two counts were conducted each day during peak pedestrian traffic times – one in the morning (7:30 am to 9:30 am) and one in the evening (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm).   Volunteers assisted in conducting these counts.  During the counts, individuals sat beside the roadway and recorded on maps the origin and destination of each pedestrian and bicyclist that passes through their zone.  The Village was broken down into 13 zones and 13 people were needed for each time frame.  The data was then compiled for use and consideration in the creation of the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.

A survey has been developed to gather information on pedestrian use within the Town of Duck.  Over 600 residents and visitors completed the survey.   Click here to view results from the survey.

Please review the following information for an update on the Steering Committee’s first presentation:

Steering Committee Meeting #1 Presentation

Steering Committee Meeting #1 Meeting Packet

The first Public Meeting took place on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall.  Please click here to review the slide presentation including results from the interactive survey meeting attendees participated in during the meeting.  This information was shared during the Steering Committee’s 2nd meeting and at the public meeting. If you were unable to attend and would like to view the recording of the meeting, please click here. Note, during the question and answer portion of the meeting the audio for those making remarks was not picked up, but the moderator’s summary of questions and responses are audible.

The second Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan Public Meeting was held on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Duck Town Meeting Hall located at 1200 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949. This meeting focused on the draft recommendations for the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan. The meeting agenda, presentation slides, project recommendations, and video can be viewed using the following links:

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentation Slides w/ Audience Voting Responses (During the presentation, the audience was asked a series of questions related to the proposed recommendations.  The tally of these responses are included in the presentation slides).

Project Recommendations (Cut Sheet Format)

Meeting Video