South Saunders Street is a major north and south roadway traveling across the southern portion of Raleigh. Much of the roadway carries the US 70/401 and NC 50 concurrency out of Downtown Raleigh.
The roadway begins at South Wilmington Street following a six-lane urban boulevard due north along US 70/401/NC 50. The roadway is surrounded by commercial development south of the I-40 interchange and residential development north of the interchange.
The roadway then turns to the northwest while US 70/401/NC 50 continue northeast into Downtown via Dawson and McDowell Streets. Saunders Street continues north as a four-lane undivided road through commercial development, passes under Western Boulevard, and enters Downtown Raleigh. The roadway reduces to two lanes at South Street, after which it converts to a one-lane, one-way southbound roadway at Lenoir Street, ending at Cabarrus Street near the former location of the Raleigh Amtrak Station.