Transportation

Fund street and intersection projects, upgrades to traffic control systems, repairs to and replacements of bridges, construction of new bridges, development of Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT) and measures to improve pedestrian safety.

$148.44 million on this year’s 2016 ballot for the following upgrades and improvements:

Airport/West Corridor

  • Dixie Berryhill area roads: create transportation infrastructure to support and promote economic development around the Airport Intermodal Facility as well as provide needed access and improvements to underdeveloped land west of the Airport and I-485 to facilitate future economic development of the area.

East/Southeast Corridor

  • Land acquisition and street connections along Independence Boulevard Corridor.
  • Monroe Road streetscape (from Briar Creek to Sharon Amity Road) to create pedestrian-oriented and mixed use development corridor.
  • Idlewild/Monroe Road intersection improvements.
  • Sidewalk and bikeway improvements.
  • Public/Private redevelopment opportunities.

Northeast Corridor

  • Northeast Corridor infrastructure (NECI): A collection of projects selected to improve pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist access to the CATS Blue Line Extension as well as add station area plans for broader connections to other community investments like Cross Country Trail and the Mecklenburg greenway system.
  • I-85 north bridge connecting Research Drive to J.W. Clay Boulevard (will begin construction in 2018).
  • Applied Innovation Corridor:
        • Matheson Avenue Bridge Streetscape
        • Tryon Gateway
        • 16th Street Streetscapes
        • Multi-Use Paths

Road/Infrastructure Projects

  • The extension of Park South Drive to a two-lane street from Fairview to a new roundabout at Carnegie Boulevard and to extend the existing eastbound left-turn lane on Fairview Road.
  • Neighborhood Transportation Programs to enhance safety and mobility.
  • South End Pedestrian/Bicycle Connector.
  • Sidewalk and pedestrian safety.

Traffic Control and Bridges

  • Upgrade traffic signal system coordination.
  • Upgrade traffic control devices.
  • Replace and repair bridges.

Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT)

Advancement towards the development of the multi-use trail spanning Mecklenburg – from the City of Pineville, through Center City and on to the UNC Charlotte campus and Cabarrus County line. The trail will connect Mecklenburg County’s system of greenways, making it one of the longest urban trailways in the Carolinas at 26 miles. This advancement ($25 million) would allow the city to continue master planning within city limits to extend the trail to Ballantyne, as well as design and land acquisition for city-funded connections. For more information about the XCLT, click here.

Cross Charlotte Multi-Use Trail (XCLT)

Past and future plans

In 2014, $110,964,000 went to the following for upgrades and improvements:

East/Southeast Corridor

  • Land acquisition and street connections surrounding the redevelopment of Bojangles’ Coliseum/Ovens Auditorium. The construction costs for the coliseum/auditorium redevelopment are funded by Certificates of Participation debt, which means it does not require voter approval. However, the successful completion of the coliseum project depends on the passage of this year’s street bonds.

Northeast Corridor

  • I-85 south bridge connecting IBM Drive to Ikea and University Pointe boulevards. (Will be complete and open for traffic in February 2017).

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Road/Infrastructure Projects

  • Neighborhood Transportation Programs.
  • Eastern Circumferential (improved safety and traffic flow in the northeastern part of the city).

The Community Investment Plan (CIP) calls for bond referenda to approve additional funds in 2018 and 2020 to complete the following projects and address ongoing infrastructure needs:

  • Airport/West Corridor
  • East/Southeast Corridor
  • Northeast Corridor Infrastructure
  • Applied Innovation Corridor
  • Sidewalk and pedestrian safety (ongoing)
  • Traffic control and bridges (ongoing)

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