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Ridge Road extension

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The Prosperity Village Area is expected to grow rapidly over the coming years. It's one of six neighborhoods that are part of the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP), which makes strategic investments in larger, multi-neighborhood areas to more comprehensively address a broad array of community needs. Improvements are funded through neighborhood improvement bonds, which voters approved in 2014 for $20 million and 2016 for $40 million. Voters will consider future bond financing in 2018 and 2020, totaling an additional $60 million for the program.

 

This project was selected as one of the projects to move forward under the Prosperity Village CNIP, based on extensive engagement with Prosperity Village residents, businesses and the Prosperity Village Area ​Association, which took place in 2014 and 2015. ​

What and where is the Ridge Road Extension?

The City of Charlotte is studying the potential extension of Ridge Road between Benfield Road and Eastfield Road. The extension would be constructed as a "complete street," which is designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit users. 

Eastfield Road is the dividing line between Charlotte and Huntersville. In the future, Huntersville will extend Hambright Road and is anticipated to align with the extension of Ridge Road at its intersection with Eastfield Road. A Ridge Road extension to Eastfield Road would provide an important connection for local motorists.

This project could include curb & gutter, sidewalks, storm drainage infrastructure, bicycle lanes, turn lanes and signalization at its intersection with Eastfield Road. The number of lanes and type of pedestrian and bicycle facilities will be evaluated ​during the planning phase.

​Project background and history

​An extension of Ridge Road was originally shown in the 1988 Thoroughfa​re Plan​ (which has since been replaced by the Comprehensive Transportation Plan​),​ a long-range plan that describes the location  of future roadways needed to meet expected growth in an area. In 1996, a 100-foot right-of-way was dedicated to the future of extending Ridge Road. The project is also recommended in the Prosperity Hu​​c​ks Area Plan, which also included extensive community involvement and was adopted by Charlotte City Council in July of 2015.​​

  • To provide connectivity to the area and improve traffic flow
  • To improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • To provide infrastructure features in the neighborhood such as storm drainage, curb & gutter and sidewalk

​Two community charrettes and one public meeting will be held during the planning phase. Invitations will be sent and the meetings will be posted on this page and on the Citywide Events Calendar​ once they are scheduled.

​To be determined​​

​​​​​​The Community Investment Plan approved by City Council in 2013 calls for voters to consider approval of funding for a number of infrastructure programs. Voters approved bond financing in 2014 and 2016 and will vote on further bond financing in 2018 and 2020. For this project, if voters approve funding, City staff engages the community to determine the details of what will ultimately be built. Once these details are known, the cost of the project is estimated and published. Learn more about the Community Investment Plan at http://charlottefuture.com​


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​Ridge Road FAQs

​The Ridge Road extension (between Benfield and Eastfield) is one part of the original planned network of streets to serve the entire Prosperity Village Activity Center. Its purpose is to provide transportation options for residents, create better connections from neighborhoods to the commercial core, maintain efficient traffic flow, and improve the overall regional roadway network. The Prosperity Village area is growing rapidly and traffic will continue to increase throughout the region. It is necessary to plan for future conditions now to ensure there will be adequate connections and road network to accommodate this future growth.

​The Ridge Road extension is advancing into the planning phase now because of previous community input. This project ranked high based on community engagement efforts in 2014 and 2015 as part of the Prosperity Village Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) and the Prosperity Hucks Area Plan process. With the passing of the 2016 Transportation Bond Referendum, funding became available to invest in the top-ranked Prosperity Village CNIP projects.​

​As the City plans for future growth of the Prosperity Village Activity Center, a high priority is providing transportation options to residents and businesses. The Ridge Road Extension is planned to be a “complete street” with accommodations for pedestrians and bicycles, as well as automobiles. This important link will provide a direct connection to the Village Center and provide another option for transportation.  ​

​The Ridge Road extension has been part of the planned roadway network since it was added to the City’s 1988 Thoroughfare Plan as a roadway that would provide a regional east/west connection and parallel route to I-485. When the Eastfield neighborhood was originally developed, a 100-foot strip of right-of-way was reserved for the future extension of Ridge Road. This project is advancing into the planning phase now because of previous community input as part of the Prosperity Village Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) and the Prosperity Hucks Area Plan. As the surrounding area continues to grow and develop, this connection becomes increasingly important to provide transportation choices as traffic continues to increase.  

​The ultimate roadway cross-section (number and width of lanes, sidewalks, bike facilities, etc.) has not yet been determined. Public input, community goals and technical analyses of data (including traffic analysis) will determine what elements the roadway will include. ​

​It has not yet been determined what elements will be included in the 100 feet of right-of-way. If there is not enough space to fit all the desired elements (bike lanes, sidewalks, median, etc.), tradeoffs will likely have to be considered.  ​

​Foggy Meadow Road is a residential neighborhood street with many driveways and a 25MPH speed limit. It is not the City’s practice to use neighborhood streets to carry higher speed through traffic volumes. The purpose of the Ridge Road Extension is to provide an alternate connection for vehicles away from homes and reduce through traffic and conflicts on existing neighborhood streets.

​No. The Hambright Road extension is a future roadway in the Town of Huntersville and will be planned and designed by Huntersville. Huntersville currently does not have funding to advance that project. The Ridge Road extension, while being planned with the Hambright Road extension in mind, is a separate project and is not dependent on the other. 

​The Ridge Road extension is intended to provide an alternate connection to the Prosperity Village Activity Center and give residents more choices to travel throughout the area. Traffic analysis of future conditions indicates that traffic volumes will continue to increase on Eastfield Road as development growth continues. Eastfield Road, which is an NCDOT-owned roadway, is a major thoroughfare that will still carry the majority of traffic from I-77 eastward to Cabarrus County. The Ridge Road extension would provide another connection that local residents can choose to use rather than funneling everyone to the intersection of Eastfield and Prosperity Church Rd to make left or right turns.  

​No. The speed limit of the Ridge Road extension, which has not been determined, will be appropriate for a neighborhood collector type roadway. The speed limit will be based upon a safe speed for the conditions and will likely be in the 30 to 40 MPH range.​

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