Cross Charlotte Trail - South Charlotte Connector


​A segment of the Cross Charlotte Trail ​

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​This partnership opportunity with the Mecklenburg County and the Town of Pineville would extend the Cross Charlotte Trail an additional 1.5 miles and connect into the heart of the Ballantyne area (via the existing McAlpine Creek Greenway and Four-Mile Creek Greenway), tying another major employment center and much of South Charlotte into the Cross Charlotte Trail system. See figure 1 (below).

Specifically the scope of this project will include a bridge from McMullen Creek Greenway just south of I-485 over McMullen creek to City-owned property at the McAlpine Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant and a path from there west across the property to Park Road. Finally it will include a crossing at Park Road to where the Mecklenburg County will build the remainder of the South Charlotte Connector from Park Road to Little Sugar Creek Greenway/Cross Charlotte Trail at the President James K. Polk State Historic Site​ on Lancaster Highway. The County’s portion of the Connector is not a part of this project and is included in the County’s extension of Little Sugar Creek Greenway from I-485 to the Polk site, under design and slated for construction by 2020. ​Figure 2 (below) illustrates the City and County components.
The purpose of this project is to complete a connector from the Cross Charlotte Trail/Little Sugar Creek Greenway to the McMullen/McAlpine/Fourmile Creek Greenway system, which crosses South Charlotte. The South Charlotte Connector will expand trail connectivity to the Cross Charlotte Trail by seven miles and to thousands more users.

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$3 million

​​​Please note this is the funding amount and includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, signalization, permits and landscaping.

In 2015 the Cross Charlotte Trail Team proposed adding the South Charlotte Connector to the Cross Charlotte Trail to connect it to an existing County greenway system that crosses South Charlotte. City leadership backed the addition, and the FY 2017 budget adopted by City Council in June 2016 includes $3 million in funding earmarked for this project in the 2016 CIP bond package. 

The 26-mile Cross Charlotte Trail is a project that was included in the Community Investment Plan (CIP) bond funding in 2014 and 2016. It is slated for additional bond funding in 2018. ​

​Figure 1: The South Charlotte Connector will extend the Cross Charlotte Trail by almost .7 ​miles in south Charlotte

Figure 2: City and County components of the South Charlotte Connector