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Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Elm Lane Intersection

Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Elm Lane Intersection
This project will improve travel conditions for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users by elimination sight distance problems, providing bicycle connections and additional travel lanes to reduce delay and improve capacity for motorists.

What's happened? Construction began November 11, 2013.

What's next?
At the beginning of October, the contractor will begin full depth reclamation on Elm Lane from Ballantyne Commons Parkway to just south of Millwright Lane.  This reclamation process rebuilds worn out asphalt pavements by pulverizing the old asphalt and base materials in place mixed with cement and water, and compacted to produce a strong, durable base for the asphalt surface.  Due to the poor condition of Elm Lane’s asphalt, base and subgrade, the reclamation process makes smart economic and strategic sense.  The reclamation work is expected to begin in October.  An updated notice will be issued before the work occurs.
 
Who to contact: 
If you have construction related questions, please contact the following:

Part of the Transportation Program

Construction Update: September 10, 2014
The traffic pattern along eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway has now been restored to two through travel lanes.  Construction continues along Elm Lane from Ballantyne Commons Parkway to Indigo Row.  This work on Elm Lane includes installation of storm drainage, curb, gutter, sidewalk and paving.  On Tuesday, September 9 the contractor shifted traffic on Elm Lane between Indigo Row and Ballantyne Commons Parkway. This shift is necessary to install portions of the storm drain along Elm Lane.  This phase of work is expected to continue until the end of September.  The traffic pattern on Elm Lane will remain the same for this work.
Our goal is to construct the planned roadway improvements while maintaining the safety of the workers and the users of this intersection.  We also expect to maintain access to the neighborhoods, businesses and commuters.  Please obey all regulatory and informational signage to ensure the safety of all workers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorists during construction.  
 
Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled, and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned.  When this occurs, City traffic engineers work directly with other City staff and contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

This project will improve travel conditions for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users by eliminating sight distance problems, providing bicycle connections and additional travel lanes to reduce delay and improve capacity for motorists.  Design improvements will include left turn lanes with additional islands on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, a westbound right turn lane on Ballantyne Commons Parkway and northbound and southbound left and right turn lanes on Elm Lane. 

Objectives: 
  • Improve travel conditions for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclist and transit users
  • Create more travel choices
  • Reduce congestion and improve safety
  • Provide community connectivity by providing sidewalks and bicycle facilities
Public Meetings held :
June 10, 2008
June 18, 2009
February 22, 2011

Click here to view the project design
                                                                                   
Planning and Design Phase (Complete)
City staff worked with STV/Ralph Whitehead Associates, Inc. to plan and design the improvements at the intersection of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Elm Lane.  These plans were based on safety, cost, benefits, traffic analysis and a public involvement process that allowed citizens and nearby businesses to provide input at three public meetings. 
Real Estate Phase (Complete)
The City's Real Estate staff worked with citizens and businesses to acquire right of way and property easements needed for construction work.
Utility Relocation started in November 2013
Bid Phase (Complete)
During the bid phase, final specifications and special provisions will be prepared and quantities of material will be determined.  The City of Charlotte follows the North Carolina state regulations and selects the lowest, responsible bidder. 
Construction Phase (Began November 11, 2013)
E&PM staff will work closely with the contractor, Blythe Development Company, to minimize construction impact. The designers of this project have taken great care to develop a construction plan that lessens inconveniences to you. However, it may be necessary to temporarily reduce or detour traffic flow, and close streets. In these instances, you will be notified in advance.
Cost:  $8,200,000
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.  Additional funding may be identified after the planning phase.

The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team will manage the Ballantyne Commons/Elm Land Project through a four stage process.  Click here to learn how City projects are selected, designed and built.

Project Contacts:
Leslie Bing, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-7277
Tom Sorrentino, PE, Charlotte Dept of Transportation, 704-336-3934