The South Pedestrian and Bicycle Boulevard project 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 South Pedestrian and Bicycle Boulevard project was one of the four projects.
The project will consist of an east/west shared-use path south of and parallel to Independence Boulevard (US-74) and Monroe Road, from Briar Creek Greenway to existing sidewalks along Arena Boulevard that will head toward the Echo Hills neighborhood. The path will continue in the direction of the Oakhurst neighborhood toward the Edwards Branch Creek and continue through the sidewalks and shared-lane markings (sharrows) that will be installed. The path will makes its way toward the McMullen Creek Greenway over to the Meridian Place development, toward Wallace Road, and end at Mason Wallace Park.
The South Independence area sidewalk and bikeway improvements project will allow residents to safely travel along the Independence Boulevard corridor so pedestrians and cyclists can easily get to uptown, local retail, and parks and East Mecklenburg High School. Through the Briar Creek Road connector and Eastway/Wendover Road connectorprojects, this path will provide multiple opportunities to safely cross US-74.