Changes on drawing board for Five Points, Broad Street and Jane Sowers
BY HALEY JONES
Statesville Councilman Michael Johnson, who is also vice chairman of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, updated the rest of the council on three major road projects during Monday's meeting.
The state's Traffic Improvement Plan is re-evaluated every two years.
ROUNDABOUT AT FIVE-POINTS
This project is in its envision stage, meaning a draft has been finalized for this project, and the project will happen. The project is scheduled to begin in 2020 and will begin construction in 2022.
“This is a committed project,” Johnson said. “This project will happen regardless of who is running the transportation board.”
The project, which is estimated to cost $1.1 million, will be implemented with the idea of making the Five-Points intersection safer.
According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, a roundabout is “designed to enhance traffic efficiency and safety” by reducing the presence of stop signs or traffic signals. This reduction minimizes T-bone, left-turn and head-on collisions because the vehicles are traveling in the same direction at a lower speed.
NCDOT reports that crashes of all types have been reduced by almost half where roundabouts have been installed at existing locations.
“There is a lot of activity occurring and will continue to occur on Sullivan Road,” Johnson said.
ELEVATED BRIDGE ON EAST BROAD STREET AT I-77
“There is much ambiguity about this project,” Johnson began, referring to the project’s changes to Broad Street, particularly in the East Side Drive area.
The Transportation Planning Organization is seeking clarification from NCDOT regarding the East Broad project; however, Johnson said changes are coming in that area.
Improvements will begin on Broad Street, starting at Vine Street and ending at Signal Hill Drive. Changes will be made to accommodate high-speed ramps and flyovers.
The project is scheduled to begin in 2022 and with construction slated for 2024. Modifications for the project will begin in 2018, including the elevated bridge on both East Broad and Davie Avenue.
“You can expect to see remarkable change,” commented Johnson.
JANE SOWERS ROAD/I-77 RAMP
The Transportation Planning Organization also plans to create an interstate ramp off of I-77 and onto Jane Sowers Road.
Funding is a major issue for this project. The city will pursue an Interstate Accessibility Report, which will generate an overview on the positives and negatives of the project. This report will then require approval from City Council.
“The project will go hand-in-glove with the sewer expansion project on I-77 north from the (Highway) 21 interchange to Jane Sowers Road, all the way down to I-40,” added Johnson.