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City of Charlotte's Capital Investment
Capital projects are the investments Charlotte makes in the future of our community. Here is a brief summary of the types of projects that make up the major capital bond categories:
Affordable Housing:
This program provides for acquisition and rehabilitation of existing units to leverage more affordable housing dollars, especially projects that take advantage of excess capacity in the local apartment market. Need is based on ensuring an adequate supply of safe and habitable structures in the community.  ($10 million approved in 2006)
Area Plan Capital Projects:
This program provides funding to implement transportation and other infrastructure improvements identified in City Council adopted area plans. There is currently a backlog of improvements. This program focuses on infrastructure improvements that sustain, stabilize and enhance neighborhoods by providing a more efficient and safer multi-modal transportation system.  ($5.0 million approved in 2006)
Neighborhood Improvement Program:
This program provides for new and restructured infrastructure in neighborhoods showing signs of distress as identified in the Neighborhood Quality of Life Index. Need is based on addressing substandard and deteriorating neighborhood infrastructure; improving the livability of neighborhoods; and preserving the tax base. The project funds curb and gutter, sidewalks, storm drainage, landscaping, lighting and other improvements.  ($25.0 million approved in 2006)
Street Improvement Bonds:
Traffic Calming: provides funding for new traffic control devices or other "traffic calming" improvements (speed humps, circles and other innovative neighborhood traffic control). Need is based on neighborhood requests to control travel speeds. ($1.5 million approved in 2006)
Pedestrian and Traffic Safety: provides traffic control devices, pedestrian signals, marked cross walks and other improvements to enhance conditions for pedestrians ($2.0 million approved in 2006)
Sidewalk Construction: provides for the construction of new sidewalks throughout the city, as well as modifications to existing sidewalks to conform to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The results of this effort is to encourage pedestrian use, improve safety, and provide connections within the existing sidewalk network. ($12 million approved in 2006)
Bridges: provides inspection, repair and replacement of substandard bridges throughout the city. Locations for bridge repairs and replacements are identified through the State's biennial inspection program and the City's annexations. ( $4.0 million approved in 2006)
Farm-to-Market Improvements:  provides funds to widen roads in outlying, developing areas of the city where narrow farm-to-market roads serve as primary routes. These roadways quickly become overburdened by traffic resulting in significant congestion and unsafe conditions.  ($2.0 million approved in 2006)
Intersection Capacity: provides pedestrian signals, marked crosswalks, sidewalk, wheelchair ramps, bicycle lanes and additional turn storage lanes to improve traffic capacity at intersections. ($10.0 million approved in 2006)
Minor Roadway Improvements: provides small-scale safety improvements, turn lanes at intersections, widening of roads that have been partially widened through the subdivision process, and construction of additional intermittent lanes to allow for uninterrupted traffic flow where left turns are frequent. ($3.0 million approved in 2006)
Non-Residential Street Improvements: provides resurfacing funds to bring roads up to City standards in areas that are newly annexed. This involves paving gravel roads and widening roads. The need is based on the ability of the City to provide services to areas where roads are substandard. Services particularly impacted are solid waste collection, fire projection and the provision of water and sewer services.  ($2.0 million approved in 2006)
Thoroughfare and Street Projects: A listing of road projects is developed utilizing a weighted evaluation that includes the criteria: congestion, safety, support to transit, supports land use objectives; increases accessibility to uptown or other destinations or economic centers, connectivity, provides multimodal options, supports "fragile" or "threatened" neighborhoods, improves internodal connectivity and provides positive cost-effectiveness.  ($26.7 million approved in 2006)
  • Dixie River Road/Steele Creek Intersection
  • Fred D. Alexander Boulevard (NC 27 - NC 16)
  • Harris Boulevard/Milton Road Intersection
  • Old Pineville Road (Victory Christian to England)
Street Connectivity: includes the inventory and implementation of needed street connections within and between neighborhoods as well as the construction of new connectors and local streets to provide improved access and connectivity for future development.  ($3.0 million approved in 2006)
Traffic Control Device Upgrade: replaces obsolete traffic control devices, such as traffic controllers and loops (wires in the pavement which communicate to the controllers the presence of vehicles, resulting in changes to the traffic signal).  ($3.0 million approved in 2006)
Traffic Flow Enhancement: provides for signal coordination, cameras and computers for real-time traffic surveillance, traffic counts and travel speed data to system operations,. Also includes incident management communication equipment for clearance of motor vehicle accidents, signal outages, traffic control during special events, and assistance to disabled motorists.  ($3.0 million approved in 2006)
Bicycle Program: provides funding to implement projects specified in the Charlotte - Mecklenburg Bicycle Transportation Plan. Includes development of an interconnected system of bikeways incorporating on-street and off-street facilities. Program will increase the amount of bike lane mileage on primary roadways, complemented by a connected system of signed bike routes utilizing low volume, low speed streets.  ($1.0 approved in 2006)
Center Center Transportation Implementation:  supports the Center City Transportation Study which includes improvements to the pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular and transit systems within the Center City.  ($4.0 million approved in 2006)
Community ED Strategy Implementation: funds streetscapes and pedscape improvements along street rights-of-way that impact usability, functionality, appearance and identity. ($2.0 million approved in 2006)