Work may start on Indian trail intersection

05/31/2009 12:00 AM

05/31/2009 7:04 AM

Improvements to the intersection of Faith Church Road and Unionville-Indian Trail Road, one of the area's most dangerous, may start in a few weeks.

Indian Trail Town Engineer Scott Kaufhold said the N.C. Department of Transportation is expected to bid the project in early June. Once the $400,000 Faith Church Road intersection project is put out to bid, the stimulus money can't be shifted to another project, Kaufhold said.

The money would pay for new left-turn lanes on Unionville-Indian Trail Road and a traffic signal. Town leaders have said the intersection is one of the five worst in Indian Trail.

Funding for the project came into question recently when Charlotte Councilman Anthony Fox suggested that $20 million in stimulus money designated for projects in Mecklenburg and Union counties could be used to help finish I-485.

Indian Trail Mayor John Quinn said that was unfair, as stimulus money is to be used for “shovel-ready” projects. If diverted to I-485, the money could have been used to buy right-of-way.

Transportation leaders have not acted on Fox's suggestion.

In a separate project, construction should begin in the fall on two miles of sidewalks on the south side of Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Kaufhold said.

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