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Euclid Avenue Traffic Calming Project
Traffic calming is a way to design streets, using physical measures that create physical and visual cues that induce drivers to travel at slower speeds.  The design of the roadway results in the desired effect, without relying on compliance with traffic control devices such as signals and signs and without enforcement. 

Over the years, the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) has received requests for traffic calming along Euclid Avenue.  In 2005, the speed limit along Euclid Avenue, between Morehead Street and East Boulevard, was lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.  At that time the operating speed was 38.1 mph.  The operating speed was measured again in 2010, prior to the installation of the all-way stop at the Euclid Avenue/Templeton Avenue intersection, with a result of 38.8 mph.   
Euclid Avenue on a summer day.
Euclid Avenue lends itself to higher operating speeds.  It is wide, straight, somewhat hilly with relatively few front facing residential properties, and large gaps of restricted parking areas.   

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services department currently has a storm drainage improvement project in design within the Dilworth neighborhood (Myrtle/Morehead Storm Drainage Project). This project will impact multiple streets within the neighborhood, including sections of Euclid Avenue.  CDOT would like to use this future construction opportunity to construct traffic calming elements on Euclid Avenue during construction of the storm drainage project.   

A concept was developed for Euclid Avenue  during a series of public meetings and workshops held in November 2011.  The concept plan highlights the proposed features along with brief narratives.   

Prior to moving forward with the final project design, the CDOT requires a letter of endorsement from the Dilworth Community Development Association (DCDA.)  The DCDA is mailing notices of the proposed project to residents in the impact area.  They are requesting comments, in support of or opposition to, the proposed traffic calming project.  Although only residents within the impact area receive notices, comments from all residents are welcome. 

Upon receiving the letter of endorsement, the CDOT will send a postcard notification to residents in the impact area. This notification begins a 30-day appeal process. If the neighborhood supports the project, it will move forward into design.  The final design may alter the concept based on site specific constraints, but the intent of the project will remain.   

Any proposed traffic calming improvements supported by the neighborhood will be constructed pending future funding availability. 

If you have project specific questions, please direct them to the Traffic Calming Program Manager Johanna Quinn at jquinn@charlottenc.gov or at 704-336-5606.