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Orr Road Extension

Orr Road Extension will provide a new street connection by extending Orr Road from N. Tryon Street to Austin Drive.

What's happened?  City staff is working with in-house design staff to identify proposed concepts. A public meeting was held June 26 to introduce the project.

What's next? The project team will finalize planning and move into the design phase.

Who to contact? 

A 2014 Public Improvement Bond Project

This project originated from the North East Corridor Infrastructure Program (NECI) planning effort. The project is proposed to provide a new street connection by extending Orr Road from N. Tryon Street to Dawn Circle and to Austin Drive.

The conceptual cross section includes two travel lanes, bike lanes, curb & gutter, sidewalk & planting strip and street trees.  The project will replace left turn access to and from N. Tryon Street that will be lost when the Blue Line Extension (BLE) project eliminates left turns at Austin Drive.  Also, extending Orr Road adds another access point into the southern part of the Hidden Valley neighborhood which helps alleviate potential congestion at Arrowhead Road.

Project Goals:
  • Develop full turning capabilities at Orr Road & N. Tryon Street/BLE.
  • Improve accessibility to Hidden Valley neighborhood and the Old Concord Road Station.
  • Promote economic development by providing infrastructure to support and encourage transit supportive development.

The project limits are from N. Tryon Street to Austin Drive. Click here to view the concept plan.

Anticipated Project Cost:  TBD
The Community Investment Plan approved by City Council in 2013 calls for voters to consider approval of funding for a number of infrastructure programs including NECI. Voting referenda will be held in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. For this project, if voters approve funding, City staff will engage the community to determine the details of what will ultimately be built. Once these details are known, the cost of the project will be estimated and published.

Existing Conditions, look west (below left) and east (below right) from Dawn Circle:


Proposed improvements to Orr Road Extension will resemble this typical section:

How You Can Get Involved
Community meetings will be scheduled during the Planning Phase where residents can share ideas and ask questions of members of the Project Team.  There will also be additional opportunities to be involved through social media.