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University Pointe Boulevard phase 1 (I-85 South Bridge) - COMPLETE

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Part of the Capital Investment Plan

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University Pointe ribbon cutting May 9, 2017

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​This major roadway transportation project will build a new bridge across I-85, extending from IKEA Boulevard to IBM Drive. This project will provide east-west connectivity between the University Research Park, the Belgate/Ikea development and the LYNX Blue Line​. It will also provide a secondary access road to James Martin Middle School. This project will construct a grade separation across I-85, but not an interchange. Project funding was made possible by voter-approved bonds as part of the 2014 Capital Investment Plan (CIP). It is the first project funded by voter-approved 2014 bonds from the CIP to be under construction. 

  • ​To create multi-modal travel choices and provide connectivity.

  • To provide access to CATS future Blue Line Extension station at McCullough Drive 

  • To redistribute traffic away from City Boulevard and Harris Boulevard​​ 

The project team worked extensively with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to to determine road alignments, benefits and impact to students, parents and CMS staff.

​$​17 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.

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