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June 26, 2014

Orr Road extension will add access point to neighborhood

A Charlotte neighborhood will have an easy way to reach North Tryon Street because of the Orr Road extension project. The project is tentatively expected to be finish in November 2016.

A Charlotte neighborhood will have an easy way to reach North Tryon Street because of the Orr Road extension project. The project is tentatively expected to be finish in November 2016.

The LYNX Blue Light Rail extension project will cut off a left turn into Hidden Valley neighborhood at Austin Drive. To restore that access, the Orr Road project will add an access point and help relieve potential congestion at a nearby entrance to the neighborhood at Arrowhead Road.

The plan was explained to Hidden Valley residents at Sugaw Creek Church on Thursday at a public meeting.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $2,724,000

C.T. Edminston, who has owned property on Austin Road for 35 years, said the stop light that is part of the Orr Road extension project will help traffic near his area. But he said sidewalks would have been a welcome addition.

Jim Keenan, an engineering program manager, said that sidewalks are not part of the plan right now, but there is a possibility they could be included in the future.

Project managers expect the Orr Road extension to become the main access for people who live in the central part of Hidden Valley.

Len Chapman, the engineering project manager, said she expects the project to be in the planning stages until January. She said the next step is to negotiate with property owners over real estate that will be impacted by the project.

Chapman said construction is expected to begin in April 2016.

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