Project FAQs

​The City of Charlotte has developed the Capital Investment Plan​ (CIP), focused on building, replacing and maintaining high-priority infrastructure as needed to facilitate economic development. On June 10, 2013, Charlotte City Council approved the FY2014-FY2018 CIP for $816.4 million to fund infrastructure projects in the Charlotte area. This $816.4 million CIP is primarily funded by bonds in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020. The total budget for the I-85 North Bridge project is approximately $24 million, coming from $15.1 million in City bonds and $8.9 million in federal funds.​

​As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the project team has studied how the project would affect human and natural environments. Minimal impacts were identified through these studies, and measures to reduce them were identified. All of the findings are available in the Categorical Exclusion deocument and can be reviewed by sending a request to Dan Leaver, project manager, at​.

Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2020.

The purpose of this project is to provide connectivity across I-85, linking residential, retail, and educational uses in University City to the employment center of the University Research Park. The project will provide an alternative route to both the WT Harris Boulevard and Mallard Creek Church Road interchanges with I-85. In addition, the project will provide a direct connection between all of the following:

  • University Research Park
  • The future Doby Creek and Barton Creek Greenways
  • LYNX Blue Line Extension JW Clay Station
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte

​The improvements associated with this proposed project and the adjacent J.W. Clay streetscape project​ will provide facilities that accommodate all modes of transportation: motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit.

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