This project originated from the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Program (NECI) planning effort. The project proposes to add sidewalks and bike lanes by widening parts of J.W. Clay Boulevard. Sidewalks are currently in place in some stretches of this street; however, they will be upgraded to wider 8-foot sidewalks to meet transit guidelines. The roadway and median width will be adjusted to allow for the addition of bike lanes.
The conceptual cross-section includes four travel lanes with four left-turn lanes at intersections, a 12-foot cycle track, a 10-foot multiuse path, curb & gutter, 8-foot sidewalk & planting strip and street trees. The project will include connectivity to the Barton Creek Greenway interface with J.W. Clay Boulevard.
Barton Creek Greenway will provide a direct link between J.W. Clay Boulevard and Mallard Creek Greenway, allowing residential areas between these destinations access to nine miles of existing greenway trail. An overland connector sidewalk along J.W. Clay Boulevard will connect Barton Creek Greenway to the North Tryon light rail station.
The NECI team agreed to combine this project with another project underway at the intersection of W.T. Harris Boulevard, J.W. Clay Boulevard and McCullough Drive that will provide a safe pedestrian and bicycle crossing at the intersection. The project will, among other things, tie the J.W. Clay Boulevard Streetscape project in to the McCullough Drive Streetscape project.