How would you change J.W. Clay Boulevard through University Place to make it more pedestrian- and bike friendly? Charlotte planners want to know and invite you to share your ideas via a survey on SurveyMonkey through Sept. 15. Clay Boulevard is one of several streets near future light-rail stations that will get overhauls over the next decade.
Clay Boulevard streetscape details
The J.W. Clay Boulevard Streetscape project proposes to add sidewalks and bike lanes by widening parts of J.W. Clay Boulevard. Sidewalks are currently in place in some stretches of this street; however, they will be upgraded to wider 8-foot sidewalks to meet transit guidelines. The roadway and median width may be adjusted to allow for the addition of bike lanes.
The conceptual cross section includes four travel lanes with left turn lanes, bike lanes, curb & gutter, sidewalk & planting strip and street trees. The project will include connectivity to the future Barton Creek Greenway that will run from the lake at University Place to Mallard Creek Greenway.
Project Benefits include:
- Wider sidewalks, pedestrian refuge, bike lanes, wider planting strips, decorative lighting, and street trees.
- Pedestrian and bicycle connectivity
- Improvements for all modes of transportation – pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle, and transit
- Improved connectivity to the Barton Creek Greenway.
- Promote economic development by providing infrastructure to support and encourage transit supportive development.
WHAT IS NECI?
The Clay Boulevard project is one of several that make up the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Program (NECI). These projects seek to improve pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist access to the CATS Blue Line Extension, the light-rail line under construction between Center City and University City.
This investment will help implement station area plans along the Blue Line Extension and provide broader connections to other destinations like the planned Cross-Charlotte Trail and county greenways.
Anticipated project funding
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.
Learn more and get involved
- Clay Boulevard project website
- Project manager Tom Russell – 704-336-4639 or email@example.com