In 2014 and 2016, Charlotte voters approved Community Investment Plan bonds to improve infrastructure and leverage private investment throughout the city. Additional bonds will be voted on in 2018. Among the areas receiving infrastructure improvements is 16th Street between Parkwood Avenue and North Tryon Street. This is the first of many scheduled projects in the Applied Innovation Corridor's North End.
This project will include a two-lane roadway, bicycle lanes, planting strips, sidewalks and street lights on 16th Street between North Tryon Street and Parkwood Avenue. The following proposed improvements will provide access to the LYNX Blue Line and improve connections across the railroad/light rail tracks.
Benefits identified from these potential improvements:
Provides connections to nearby LYNX Blue Line stations
Provides transportation choices for cycling and walking, specifically with this being only one of two facilities cross the Norfolk Southern rail yard and LYNX Blue Line. The other roadway within the North End that cross the rail yard is Matheson Avenue.
Complements other public investments in the area, such as the LYNX Blue Line, Cross Charlotte Trail (XCLT), North Tryon Business Corridor Improvements and the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Program (NECI).
Funding is currently allocated within North Carolina Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program for changes to pavement markings to incorporate bike lanes.
Provides potential leverage for public/private partnership - market analysis identified area in vicinity as strong potential for development