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South Independence area sidewalk and bikeway improvements

​​​​​​​​​​Part of the Community Investment Plan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Independence Area sidewalk and bikeway improvements program

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The Briar Creek Road Connector project developed out of the City’s Independence Area Sidewalk and Bikeway Improvements (ISB) program to provide pedestrian and bicycle improvements that will enhance neighborhood mobility and accessibility to transit and provide community and economic resources throughout the Independence Boulevard corridor. 

The ISB program evaluated the existing pedestrian and bicycle conditions within the study area to improve connectivity and transportation choices and support revitalization and well-being. Out of the study, 27 projects were evaluated against the goals of the program and public support via a comprehensive evaluation process. Four recommended projects were identified for future design along the North and South Independence Boulevard corridor, and the South Independence area sidewalk and bikeway improvements project was one of the four projects. ​

The project will consist of an east/west shared-use path south of and parallel to Independence Boulevard (US-74) and Monroe Road, from Briar Creek Greenway to existing sidewalks along Arena Boulevard that will head toward the Echo Hills neighborhood. The path will continue in the direction of the Oakhurst neighborhood toward the Edwards Branch Creek and continue through the sidewalks and shared-lane markings (sharrows) that will be installed. The path will makes its way toward the McMullen Creek Greenway over to the Meridian Place development, toward Wallace Road, and end at Mason Wallace Park. 

The South Independence area sidewalk and bikeway improvements project will allow residents to safely travel along the Independence Boulevard corridor so pedestrians and cyclists can easily get to uptown, local retail, and parks and East Mecklenburg High School. Through the Briar Creek Road connector and Eastway/Wendover Road connector​projects, this path will provide multiple opportunities to safely cross US-74.

  • ​​​​To improve connectivity to schools, services and retail

  • To connect other significant pedestrian and bicycle networks

  • To provide pedestrians and cyclists safe alternative routes to busy roads

​During the planning phase, the project team will work with the community to provide insight to the conceptual design of the recommended sidewalk and bike connections. Community meetings will be scheduled throughout the project to keep residents informed and provide opportunities to share ideas, opinions and concerns with city planners and project managers.

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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