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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 end of August, 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 August.  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: August 1, 2014
Construction continues along eastbound Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  This work includes the installation of storm drainage, curb, gutter, sidewalk and paving from Ballantyne Trace Court to just east of Elm Lane.  During this phase, motorists will be able to utilize one through travel lane in the east direction on Ballantyne Commons Parkway between Ballantyne Trace Court and Elm Lane.  This work is expected to continue through the first week of August, weather permitting.  The installation of concrete curb and gutter southbound Elm Lane between Indigo Row and Ballantyne Trace Court is scheduled for the first week of August, as well as grading along the Stonecrest Shopping center frontage (east side of Elm Lane).  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. 

  • 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