University City

Part of Ridge Road in University City to close for two weeks in August

Highland Creek residents should plan to detour around a portion of Ridge Road that will be closed in August as part of a larger connectivity improvement project.

Between 100 and 150 feet of Ridge Road will be closed for up to two weeks next month as part of the $2.1 million Prosperity Ridge Road connection project, officials said.

The larger project will “fill in” unfinished portions of Prosperity Ridge Road from Prosperity Church to Ridge Road, improving road connectivity and traffic flow in the area.

The partial closure of Ridge Road is needed to construct a storm drain, said Dan Leaver, project manager with the Charlotte engineering and property management department.

Weather permitting, the closure is scheduled to begin Aug. 4 and last two weeks or less, tentatively set to end on the morning of Aug. 18, Leaver said: “If we can do it in less time, we will.”

Officials said the goal is to have this portion of the project finished before Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ first day of class Aug. 25.

Charlotte Area Transit System routes won’t be affected, and message boards with detour details will be posted before the closure, Leaver said.

The detour using Prosperity Church Road, Johnston-Oehler Road, Mallard Creek Road and Amanda Ellen Road will be posted. Motorists should allow extra travel time, officials said.

Leaver said access to businesses such as Harris Teeter and others at Shoppes at Highland Creek will be slightly hampered by the short-term closure on Ridge Road.

“We made sure to let local business owners know so they can let their patrons know,” Leaver said. “We’re trying to get the word out as much as possible.”

Construction on the larger Prosperity Ridge Road connection project began earlier this month and should be complete by December, Leaver said.

Improvements will include a new traffic signal at Prosperity Ridge and Ridge roads, as well as left-turn lanes from Ridge onto Prosperity Ridge and vice versa, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation.

The project also ties into the larger Interstate 485/Prosperity Village split diamond interchange, which the N.C. Department of Transportation estimates will be finished in December.

The Prosperity Ridge Road Connection project is one of nearly a dozen transportation projects already underway or planned for University City in the next year.

Residents can get updates on and speak with officials about a number of these projects at a Northeast Transportation Update public meeting scheduled for 6-8 p.m. July 31 at Newell Presbyterian Church, 1500 Rocky River Road W. The formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m.