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Eastway and Wendover Road connector

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

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

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The Easteway/Wendover Connector project was​ 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 Eastway/Wendover Road connector was one of the four projects. 

This project provides a pedestrian and bicycle path across Independence Boulevard (US-74) by modifying the current crossing, which is currently eight lanes with narrow sidewalks​​. This project will reduce the number of existing through-lanes on Eastway Drive and Wendover Road from Woodland Drive and will construct either a multiuse path or wider sidewalks and bicycle lanes. This crossing will provide users with a safer pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly crossing over US-74 that allows for a connection between the East Park and Winterfield neighborhoods​ and the Echo Hills neighborhood.

  • ​​​​To increase connectivity by enhancing an important crossing over Independence Boulevard (US-74) and connecting to other significant pedestrian and bicycle projects

  • To enhance safety for all modes of transportation (pedestrians, cyclists and motorists)

The project team hosted two open houses took place in January 2018 at Ovens Auditorium and Independence Regional Library to ​get the community's input in determining the best way to add sidewalk and bikeway connections​ along Independence Boulevard from Briar Creek Road to Mason Wallace Park and Campbell Creek Gree​nway. ​​

​T​o 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, 2016 and 2018 and will vote on further bond financing in 2020. For this project, 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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