South Charlotte

South Charlotte road work

The city of Charlotte is working on several road projects in south Charlotte that will change how residents get around.

Here are updates on some of the more high-profile projects under way in south Charlotte:

Ballantyne Commons Parkway and Elm Lane Intersection

Purpose: To make the intersection more bicyclist-friendly, eliminate sight distance problems, add lanes to reduce traffic backups, add turn lanes with pedestrian islands, add a westbound right-turn lane on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, add northbound and southbound left- and right-turn lanes on Elm Lane.

Cost: $8.2 million.

Status: As of May 2011, the project was still in the real estate acquisition phase.

City Contact: Engineering Project Manager Leslie Bing, 704-336-7277.

Community House Road between Bryant Farms and Ardrey Kell roads

Purpose: To improve pedestrian crossings, medians and bike lanes and convert the intersection of Community House Road and Bryant Farms Road into a single-lane roundabout.

Cost: $7.5 million.

Status: Plans have been approved by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The project now is in its right-of-way and easement acquisition stage. Construction is expected to begin in 2012.

City Contact: Engineering Project Manager Joe Frey, 704-353-1794.

Mckee And Providence Roads

Purpose: To improve bicyclist and pedestrian access, increase capacity and complement the state's road-widening project at Providence Road south of Interstate 485.

Cost: $7 million.

Status: The city hosted a public hearing June 9. City staff now are reviewing the results of that meeting and continuing with planning.

City Contact: Engineering Project Manager Leslie Bing, 704-336-7277.

Rea Road Widening

Purpose: To add a planted median with left-turn lanes, bicycle lanes, curbs and gutters and sidewalks on both sides of the road, add a right-turn lane at N.C. Highway 51 and eliminate sight distance problems for drivers entering and exiting neighborhoods on Rea Road.

Cost:$22.5 million.

Status: Piedmont Natural Gas and utilities will be relocated this summer. Construction is expected to begin in 2012.

City Contact: Imad Fakhreddin, 704-336-7926.