TODAY: NC 49 ‘Superstreet’ meeting at UNC Charlotte

Study area for NC 49 and Back Creek Church Road project

Study area for NC 49 and Back Creek Church Road project

Get details this afternoon at UNC Charlotte about NC plans to transform part of University City Boulevard into a six-lane ”Superstreet”, launch a new roadway to south Charlotte and close the Back Creek Church Road railroad crossing.

The meeting will take place 4-7 pm today, April 23, in the Lucas Room at UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center.

The meeting will be held drop-in style, with state staff available to explain the project, answer questions and receive comments. Parking is available at the Cone Parking Deck. Directions

Visit the project website for details and to take a survey about the plans.

 

Superstreet details

The state plans to convert 1.2 miles of University City Boulevard near UNC Charlotte, now a four-lane divided highway, into a six-lane “Superstreet”. Construction could start in 2022.

The Superstreet design would eliminate most left turns and straight-across traffic between John Kirk Road and I-485. The design is intended to cut congestion and accidents while increasing capacity.

 

Other major project components

The state project has three other significant components:

  • Extend Mallard Creek Church Road, which now ends at University City Boulevard, southward under the NC Railroad Corridor. This roadway is also called the Eastern Circumferential.
  • Close Back Creek Church Road just south of the NC Railroad Corridor.
  • Create new ways for local traffic to circulate once the railroad crossing is closed.

 

Why?

The state says the project and its design will:

  • Improve traffic volume, speed and safety on University City Boulevard.
  • Start the long-planned major highway from University City to Independence Blvd. Details
  • Close a dangerous crossing as part of massive upgrades to the NC RR Corridor. Details
  • Continue improvements to the NC 49/US 64 strategic corridor to Raleigh. Details

Learn more

Read more about the project at UniversityCityPartners.org.

Visit the project website and complete the community survey.

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