This is a common question staff receives when initiating the planning work for widening major thoroughfares in the city. The City of Charlotte does not have a policy for constructing brick, concrete or timber privacy walls on road improvement projects. When the City does construct privacy walls, it is to replace existing walls affected by the roadwork or to mitigate damages to existing earthen berns as a result of widening the road.
The City's Neighborhood Matching Grants program can assist neighborhoods with installing a fence or wall. The program awards funds to eligible neighborhood-based organizations for projects that will improve neighborhood quality of life and encourage increased neighborhood participation and partnerships with the City and others. Neighborhood organizations are required to match requested funds -- in the form of cash, volunteer labor or in-kind donations, such as equipment, supplies or professional services.
If you do decide to build a wall or fence on your property that bounds any streets, you must adhere to Section 19-4 of the City Code and get approval from the director of the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT). Learn more about getting a fence and wall permit application.
Staff from the Street Maintenance Division of CDOT is inspecting Rumple Road to fill any potholes they identify. You can report potholes online or by calling 311.
Temporary traffic control devices must be maintained on City Boulevard and Rumple Road during periods of inactivity in order to protect the health and safety of the traveling public. City staff maintains the devices that are displaced by others. Permanent devices will be installed once the project is complete and before the road re-opens to traffic.
The City has hired a new contractor, and mowing grass and restoring adjacent properties are priorities. Staff will investigate any drainage complaints associated with the project. However, if you encounter drainage issues outside of the project, please call 311 or make a request online.
The City Boulevard project will include street lights between neal Road and the NCDOT's Mallard Creek Road/Graham Street project. Duke Energy will activate those lights when the project nears completion and before the road is re-opened to traffic.
Staff from CDOT will investigate and determine if any adjustments can be made or new signals installed. Any requests for signal installation and adjustment can be made online or by calling 311.
The project team coordinated with the utility companies to have many of their lines relocated before construction began. Some could be relocated until after construction was underway. Utility lines are allowed to be in the right-of-way and are the property of the utility companies. Many of the lines serve the community for business and personal use, and, most importantly, for emergency services. City staff has a team dedicated to coordinating utility relocation; however, resources from the utility companies may be dedicated to other projects, private development or responding to weather-reated outages in neighboring communities.
City Boulevard is not open to through traffic. CMPD is enforcing the "No Through Traffic" signs on city Boulevard to cut-through traffic and making periodic patrols of the construction site. If you observe illegal or suspicious activity or encounter an emergency, please call 911. If not, you may contact Officers Robert Phelps or Jason Peetz, University City Division community coordinators, at 704-432-3900.
CDOT will evaluate the volume and speed of motorists cutting through neighborhoods and investigate prior public safety calls. You may request traffic-calming devices online or by calling 311.