Salem Street is the heart of Downtown Apex. The streetscape investment aims to expand space for people to safely enjoy the shops and restaurants. This project will enhance not just the physical walkability of the core but also the economic vitality of the entire town. As part of the streetscape project, the corner of Salem Street at Saunders Street will be converted to a gathering space, tying together the pedestrian-oriented elements of the Salem Streetscape and Commerce Street improvements.
Adopted Design Highlights:
Final design is still in progress and construction is subject to budget prioritization and property acquisition.
Salem Street Features
Curbless design prioritizes flexibility and accessibility. It includes a continuous drain along each side, pavers for the street surface and pedestrian realm, bollards, street trees, street furniture, decorative streetlights, and catenary lighting with control of color and effects for events.
Ten (10) parking spaces are retained out of the total of 30 existing, keeping some of the parking convenience and activity on-street along with providing an inviting and highly functional pedestrian-oriented streetscape.
New features include an enhanced pedestrian crossing at Chatham Street with a speed table, upgraded pedestrian crosswalks and ramps, and extended curb to shorten the crossing distance. The pedestrian crossing at Saunders Street also includes a speed table along with upgraded ramps and crosswalk.
Saunders Gathering Space Features
Features include furniture, games, and a pergola with catenary lighting.
At the corner of Commerce Street, two parking spaces are retained out of the total of six existing spaces.
An informational kiosk and the existing lending library will be incorporated into the space.
Anticipated Timeline (Updated October 2023):
Final Design in progress
Property acquisition 2023-2024
The images below are conceptual drawings, depicting how Salem Street could look after project implementation.
Salem Street on a 'typical' day
Salem Street on an event day, with bollards in place to temporarily close the street to vehicles:
An interior view of Salem Street:
Information about the soil cell system proposed to encourage tree growth and capture stormwater: