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Idlewild Road Project

Idlewild Road
This project will widen sections of Idlewild from W.T. Harris to Valley Grove Road and from McAlpine Creek to Oak Drive. The section from Valley Grove Road to McAlpine Creek will be repaved and striped to accommodate a center turn lane and bike lanes. Additional improvements include: left turn lanes, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian refuges.

What's happened?
 Construction was on hold during the winter months.  The City has deemed some of the work unacceptable and is working with the contractor to find a remedy. 
What's next? Construction is expected to be complete by the end of June.  Landscaping has been delayed until the 2015/2016 planting season.   

Who to contact:  Dan Leaver, 704-336-6388

A 2002 and 2010 Transportation Bond Project

This transportation project will address safety and congestion with improvements such as bicycle lanes, sidewalks and planting strips along Idlewild Road between W. T. Harris Boulevard and Margaret Wallace Road.


  • Improve safety
  • Reduce congestion
  • Provide accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users
  • Provide improvements that are sensitive to adjacent neighborhoods and land uses. 
Planning & Design Phase
City staff planned and designed the improvements to Idlewild Road.  These plans were based on safety, cost, benefits, traffic analysis and an extensive public involvement process that allowed citizens and nearby businesses to provide input at two public meetings. 
Please note: Work was temporarily put on hold this summer due to issues with work performed by a sub-contractor that is no longer part of the project.  Construction has resumed and should be completed by the end of October.

Cost:  $7,600,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, signalization, permits, construction, and landscaping.

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

Project History
The Idlewild Road Widening Project was one of several projects that received funding to begin planning only.  A Planning Report was completed in October 2004.  This report provided information on existing conditions; traffic analysis; project alternatives; recommended alternatives; and citizen involvement among others.  The report was revisited with anticipated funding on the way and City Staff presented additional alternatives to the public based on changes to the area.  After careful consideration and input from citizens, Alternate #2 was selected. Funding for real estate acquisition and construction was approved by voters in the 2010 transportation bond referendum.

Project Contacts:
Dan Leaver
, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-6388
Ashton Watson, Transportation Project Manager, 704-432-4638