Colony/Morrowick Study

The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) conducted traffic signal evaluations at two locations - Colony Road/Morrowick Road and Carmel Road/Camilla Drive, in south Charlotte. The information provided below includes the process for evaluation, community outreach, summary of the findings, and next steps to implement the recommendations.

Colony/Morrowick Intersection 

Process for Evaluation

CDOT receives dozens of requests annually for installation of new traffic signals. Once the request is made, an engineer requests traffic counts, five years of crash data and conducts a field investigation. After obtaining this data, the engineer evaluates the data using criteria from the Federal Highway Administration and their engineering judgment to determine if a signal should be installed.

Community Outreach

Community outreach included attendance at the McAlpine Forest Homeowners Association on February 25, 2016 and at the Blantyre Homeowners Association meeting on March 9, 2016 to explain the traffic signal evaluation process and to hear support and concerns related to a proposed signal at Colony and Morrowick.

A public meeting was held on May 31, 2016 at Carmel Middle School concerning CDOT's evaluation of the signal    request(s). Outreach for this public meeting included postcards mailed to approximately 800 residents. In addition CDOT emailed the postcard to the 160 individuals that had contacted CDOT staff via email.

CDOT staff received over 300 emails from at least 160 separate contacts sharing their opinions and concerns related to a proposed signal at Colony and Morrowick.

Summary of Findings

The decision to install the traffic light took into account many factors.

The decision to install the traffic light at each intersection took into account many factors. At Morrowick Road and Colony Road, the factors included the following:

  • Stopping sight distance, which is less than ideal for the driver turning off of westbound Morrowick Road onto Colony Road
  • The speeds of vehicles on Colony Road
  • Crash history
  • The City goal for signal spacing/pedestrian crossing opportunities
  • At Carmel Road and Camilla Drive the factors included the following:
  • School attendance zone
  • Crash history
  • City goal for pedestrian crossing opportunities

The factor with the heaviest weight at this location is the nearby school and the layout of the attendance zone in relation to the school.

Next Steps

Signalize Colony Road & Morrowick Road    
Signal including pedestrian crosswalks & signals
Operates 24 hours/7 days a week

Signalize Carmel Road & Camilla Drive    
Signal with pedestrian crosswalks & signals.
Operates 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., otherwise flashes

Time Frame

CDOT currently has funding in place to signalize the Colony Road and Morrowick Road intersection. Construction is expected to be complete for this signal within nine to twelve months.

We are currently seeking to identify a funding source for the signal at Carmel Road and Camilla Drive. No estimate for completing the construction of this signal is available until funding is identified.

Estimate Cost

Construction of each traffic signal is estimated to cost $75,000. 

Status Update (as of January 9, 2017)

Real Estate Acquisition phase has begun. Signal work will commence after real estate acquisition is complete.