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Rocky River Road West streetscape

A public improvement bond project​

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This project is intended to upgrade Rocky River Road West between North Tryon Street and Rockland Drive/Toby Creek, with the goal of providing a modern, complete street that includes upgraded pedestrian and bicycle facilities. When complete, this project will connect pedestrians and cyclists to other such facilities in progress as part of the Blue Line Ex​​​​​​tension, Mecklenburg County's Toby Creek Greenway​/Charlotte's Cross Charlotte Trail and the ongoing improvements in the Autumnwood neighborhood.

Project goals

  • To provide upgraded sidewalks, pedestrian refuges, bike lanes, planting strips, street lighting and street trees to achieve USDG guidelines
  • To create pedestrian and bicycle connectivity from the Autumnwood neighborhood to CATS facilities along North Tryon Street such as the LYNX Blue Line University City Boulevard Station and CATS bus stop. Additionally, the project creates pedestrian and bicycle connectivity from North Tryon Street to the Toby Creek Greenway/Cross Charlotte Trail
  • To realign the existing roadway centerline to improve several sharp horizontal curves and limited sight distance conditions and also provide needed turning lanes for commercial, institutional and residential developments
  • To help encourage students to walk or ride their bicycles to the recently-constructed Newell Elementary School
  • To create enhanced pedestrian crossing opportunities by the use of mid-block crossings within the median of Rocky River Road West
  • To provide needed infrastructure for recent development, as well as to better accommodate future development and encourage transit-supportive development along Rocky River Road West
  • To minimize project impacts to adjoining property owners and the creek adjacent to Rocky River Road West near Batavia Lane​

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​​​Rocky River Road project timelineAnticipated project cost:  TBD
The project team is currently working on a total project budget that will include all costs, including real estate acquisition, utility relocation, construction, etc. We will post this information as soon as it becomes available.

Public invol​vement
Community meetings were held during the planning phase, where residents shared ideas and asked questions of the project team. Meetings were held on these dates: 

  • October 29, 2014 at Hampton Park Community Center
  • May 12, 2015 at Oasis Shriner's Center​​
  • January 26, 2016 at Newell Presbyterian Church (view video below)​

Project contacts

Keith Bryant, E&PM Project Manager, 704-336-4250

Matt Magnasco, CDOT Project Manager, 704-336-3368​

Project updates  

What's happened? The design team has coordinated with key stakeholders and conducted several community meetings during the planning phase. After considering the feedback gathered from these community outreach efforts, we have finalized the preferred alternative design concept and have begun wrapping up the planning phase.

What's next? After finalizing the preferred alternative, the project team has entered the design phase and will begin drafting construction plans, utility relocation plans, submitting environmental permits and other design activities. We will conduct another community meeting during the design phase to present these plans to local residents and businesses. This public meeting will occur once the 70 percent plan milestone has been achieved.

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