University City

Bidding begins for Johnston-Oehler farm-to-market project

The bid process for the Johnston-Oehler farm-to-market road improvement project has opened, and officials believe construction could begin this summer.

Engineering project manager Leslie Bing said bids for the nearly $14.8 million project are due by June 3. Funding for the project is part of the 2010 bond package, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation.

The project will include improvements such as sidewalks and bike lanes, curbs and gutters, streetlights, landscaping and access across the Interstate 485 corridor. It also will take local traffic out of the future I-485 interchange.

The project will essentially run east-west along Johnston-Oehler Road for about 1.8 miles, Bing said. Its boundaries include the proposed Prosperity Ridge Road on the west, and Mallard Creek Road on the southeast.

During the planning process, the city hosted three public meetings to get public input on the design, as well as possible alternatives. Design work was completed in March 2013, and property acquisition took 12 months, Bing said.

Once all the bids have been been received, the Charlotte City Council will vote to approve the lowest responsible bidder.

Depending on weather and any unforeseen circumstances, the expected completion date is January 2016, Bing said.

The Johnston-Oehler Road project is entirely independent of the Prosperity-Hucks Area Plan, Bing said. The area plan will help guide future growth and development in the area to the northwest, including the mixed-use area where Prosperity Church Road intersects I-485.