What are Complete Streets?

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s “Complete Streets” policy directs the department to consider and incorporate several modes of transportation when building new projects or making improvements to existing infrastructure. The benefits of this approach include:


  • Making it easier for travelers to get where they need to go;
  • Encouraging the use of alternative forms of transportation;
  • Building more sustainable communities;
  • Increasing connectivity between neighborhoods, streets, and transit systems;
  • Improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.


In August 2019, new Complete Streets policy was passed. NCDOT updated the Complete Streets Implementation Guide, effective January 31, 2020, and will continue to refine guidance to improve the implementation process.


Also in 2019, NCDOT delivered a series of workshops across the state to engage transportation professionals, policy makers, community organizations, advocates, and other stakeholders to promote complete streets implementation.


On this website you can learn why Complete Streets are important,  find useful guidance in implementing the Complete Streets policy, and see examples of Complete Streets projects from across the state.