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CROSS CHARLOTTE TRAIL UPDATE

CROSS CHARLOTTE TRAIL SEGMENTS (managed by the City of Charlotte) 

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7th Street to 10th Street
Design for this project is 70 percent complete. The real estate acquisition phase will start sometime in 2019. During this phase, the City acquires the property rights needed to build and maintain the improvements that were identified during the design phase. City real estate agents will reach out to affected property owners with information regarding the City's real estate acquisition process. View the proposed alignment.

South Charlotte Connector 
This project received construction bids in September 2018, and the contract will be reviewed and considered by City Council during an upcoming Council meeting. Construction is expected to start in January 2019.

Brandywine Road to Tyvola Road 
On Nov. 19, large signs (pictured above) were placed at two locations along the alignment of the trail: at the intersection of Brandywine Road and Woodlawn Road and at the intersection of Park Road and Selwyn Avenue. The signs are intended to build awareness and excitement around the segment, which is expected to start construction next summer.

Design is almost finished, and right-of-way acquisition, which started in May 2018, should be done by the end of the year. Real estate agents have been working with affected property owners to acquire the property rights needed to build and maintain the trail. The design team consists of the City project team, Kimley+Horn (design consultant) and Crowder Construction (construction manager). Together, they continue to work toward completing the design, managing escalating construction costs and developing both the project schedule and construction plan. 

North Davidson Street to Matheson Avenue 
Design plans are 90 percent complete. Funding is not available at this time to advance the project beyond the design phase. This project may be included in a future bond referendum and will proceed when new funding is allocated.   

LITTLE SUGAR CREEK GREENWAY SEGMENTS (managed by Mecklenburg County) 

Huntingtowne Farms Park to I-485
Design for the section of the trail that runs through Huntingtowne Farms Park is complete and is being reviewed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and permitting is underway. That section is expected to be completed in late 2019. For the segment that runs from Huntingtowne Farms Park to I-485, the majority of stream work and grading has been complete, and paving has been put in north of Sharon Road West. This section is expected to be complete in the spring of 2019.

I-485 to the President James K. Polk State Historic State 
Design is complete on this segment and permitting continues. A trail connecting this segment to the McMullen Creek Greenway will be phased separately. Both segments will likely be constructed in phases as construction easements and real estate acquisitions are finalized.

President James K. Polk State Historic Site to the SC state line
Design and permitting for this segment is almost complete. This segment, along with the segment from I-485 to the Polk site, will likely be constructed in phases after construction easements and real estate acquisitions are finalized. 

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I have biked to NoDa on the greenway and made my connection to East Trade, McDowell and 10th street. On a weekend it is not bad. My error on the return was to try to follow 12th to Davidson and that hill was just far too much. It was walkies for me. This route allows downtown access using a longer route though with less slope, always my choice.

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While I am disappointed they couldn't get funding for a bridge, those two black lines running parallel to Independence / I-277 are quite intriguing...

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On 11/28/2018 at 10:37 AM, EllAyyDub said:

While I am disappointed they couldn't get funding for a bridge, those two black lines running parallel to Independence / I-277 are quite intriguing...

Could it be the Silver Line alignment?

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Does anyone know of any bike resources for the Uptown-living type of Charlotte resident to convince people to buy/ride bikes?

I work with a lot of people who are new residents to Charlotte/Uptown and most of them  look at me sideways when I say they should get a bicycle to get around. There's such a big disconnect culturally between bicycles as recreation vs as transportation. It's a shame because Uptown is the perfect place for the latter.

The Re-Cyclery would be my go-to, but so many Uptown peeps don't like venturing outside of the loop unless it's some obvious on-the-map attraction.

Any advice?

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The Recyclery would be my first choice as well, but you have to visit often as they price their bikes to sell.  You can put in either a request with the mechanics for a stlye of bike that fits, or put you name on a bike that they have in triage.  Outside of a used, reconditioned bike at the Recyclery, for new bikes there's Uptown Cycles on Morehead & Queen City Bicycle on Park Ave. , both of which are outside of the loop ( but just barely). 

 

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