Projects

Arterial corridor study: Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza 

The Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza Corridor Study is one of three multimodal planning studies to enhance pedestrian and bicycle travel on portions of arterials (thoroughfares) in Charlotte. Each study will evaluate existing conditions, identify deficiencies, and make recommendations to improve the safety and ease of walking and biking along and across busy streets.

In the Fall of 2015, City Council received a petition with over 500 signatures calling for the City to address pedestrian and bicycle issues along the corridor. In response to this petition, Council's Transportation and Planning Committee requested a study from CDOT.

The Parkwood Avenue & The Plaza Corridor Study will review and assess conditions for pedestrians, bicycles and drivers between North Brevard Street and Matheson Avenue. The corridor provides a connection for area residents into Uptown and a future LYNX Blue Line light rail station.

The primary funding source for these studies is a Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) planning grant that provides 80% federal funds, in the amount of $200,000, and a required 20% local match, in the amount of $50,000.

Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza Corridor Study Area

Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza Corridor Study Area 

In the Fall of 2015, City Council received a petition with over 500 signatures calling for the City to address pedestrian and bicycle issues along the corridor. In response to this petition, Council's Transportation and Planning Committee requested a study from CDOT.

The Parkwood Avenue & The Plaza Corridor Study reviewed and assessed conditions for pedestrians, bicycles and drivers between North Brevard Street and Matheson Avenue. The corridor provides a connection for area residents into Uptown and a future LYNX Blue Line light rail station.

Next Steps

Reports to City Council

Staff presented recommendations to Council's Transportation & Planning Committee in January 2017 with a follow up report in February. The study findings were reported to the Committee in March and presented to the full City Council in June. Each of the presentations and the study findings report can be downloaded under the "Project Documents" section on the right of this page.

Implementation

City Council allocated funds in the FY2018 budget to begin work on design and implementation of recommendations from this study. After Council passed the budget, staff began working to initiate design on projects.

​Study Recommendations &  Implementation

The study recommends changes to Parkwood Avenue & The Plaza Corridor. These changes are identified and illustrated in the map below. Additional details about the status of the implementation of these projects can be found in the section below the map.

 

Study Recommendations Map 

 Street Crossing Improvements

Locations

1. Parkwood & North Davidson Street

2. Parkwood & Hawthorne Lane

3. Parkwood & ​The Plaza

4. The Plaza & Clemson Avenue

5. The Plaza & Matheson Avenue

​Time to implement: More than one year

Description: Modify existing traffic signals to include Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LIPs) to improve pedestrian safety at intersections. This treatment activates the pedestrian crossing signal in advance of the green light for cars, giving pedestrian extra time to cross the intersection.

Location

6. The Plaza near Stratford Avenue

​Time to implement: 1-3 years

Description: Pedestrian activated signal that stops traffic to allow pedestrians to cross the street.

Locations

7. Parkwood & Belmont Avenue 
    Time to implement: 1-3 years

8. Parkwood & Hawthorne Lane
    Time to implement: 1-3 years

9. Parkwood & North Brevard Street
    Time to implement: less than one year

10. Parkwood & Seigle Avenue
     Time to implement: 1-3 years

​Description: New traffic signals will provide additional opportunities for people to safely cross the street.

 Road Diet Implementation

​Location

11. Parkwood Avenue

​Time to implement: 1-3 years

Description: Remove one travel lane in each direction
Locations

12. Parkwood Avenue (Belmont to Hawthorne)

​Time to implement: 1-3 years

Description: 5 ft. bicycle lane with 3 ft. buffer 

Location

13. Parkwood Avenue (Hawthorne to The Plaza)

​Time to implement: 1-3 years

Description: 5 ft. bicycle lane ​

 Pedestrian and Bicycle Network Improvements

Locations
14. Parkwood Avenue
15. The Plaza 
 

​Time to implement: less than one year

Description: Make repairs as needed to existing sidewalk infrastructure.

Locations

16. Parkwood Avenue
17. The Plaza

​Time to implement: 1-3 years

Description: Review sidewalk conditions and make accessibility improvements as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Locations

18. All streets in close proximity to Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza

​Time to implement: Ongoing

Description: Seek opportunities to improve connections and enhance the surrounding street network.

Locations

All Streets

​Time to implement: Ongoing with development

Description: Seek opportunities to rebuild the sidewalk and create new connections through land development.

​Prior Public Meetings

The City hosted public walking tours for Parkwood Avenue and The Plaza on May 11 and May 12, respectively. Over 60 people attended the two sessions. Participants had the opportunity to review and discuss conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers along the two sections of road. The process included a survey of the conditions for each stop.

 

The City hosted two wrap up meetings to present the results of the survey conducted during the walking tours and the study recommendations. The meetings were held on Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Belmont Regional Center.

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