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Elizabeth Avenue Business Corridor Project


Elizabeth Avenue Business Corridor
This project will provide improvements such as a new "street cross section" along Elizabeth Avenue to support the streetcar proposed by CATS.

What's happened?
City staff worked with HDR and URS consultants to complete the design for the streetscape and infrastructure improvements.

What's next? City Council awarded the construction contract on November 12, 2007.  Construction began December 3, 2007.  Click here to view the December newsletter.

Who to contact? Tom Russell, 704-336-4639.

A Business Corridor Project

Elizabeth Avenue between Kings Drive & Charlottetowne Avenue (formally Independence Boulevard) has re-opened to traffic. 

Elizabeth Avenue between Charlottetowne and Travis Avenue (Phase 2) is closed until spring 2009. 

The project limits are from Kings Drive to Hawthorne Lane.  Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) will utilize a streetcar from Presbyterian Hospital to Johnson C. Smith University along Elizabeth, which turns into Trade Street through downtown. 

The streetscape improvements for this project include planting strips, street trees, irrigation, sidewalks, decorative lighting, crosswalks, on-street parking, and bike lanes. 

The infrastructure improvements for this project include relocation of overhead utilities to underground, upgraded waterline and sewerline, new mast arms, street lighting, streetcar tracks and foundation, overhead catenary poles, and storm drainage improvements.  A new street cross section will be provided to accommodate these improvements.  

streetcar

This proposed streetcar will travel the Elizabeth Avenue Business Corridor.


Objectives

  • Provide streetscape improvements for Elizabeth Avenue
  • Promote redevelopment of Elizabeth Avenue by developers
  • Tie project in with CATS Southeast Corridor work and streetcar spur line for downtown
  • Improve street lighting and provide new mast arms at intersections
  • Provide streetcar track installation now to minimize impacts to CPCC and new development by Grubb properties
  • Relocate overhead utilities to underground 
  • Increase waterline and sewerline capacity for future development
Provide streetscape improvements for Elizabeth Avenue

Estimated Project Cost:   $14,500,000 (for entire section from Kings to Hawthorne)
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, signalization, permits, construction, and landscaping.   

The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team will manage the Elizabeth Avenue Business Corridor Project through a four stage process.  Click hereto learn how City projects are selected, designed and built.

Details from the Planning & Design Phase
The planning study was based on safety, cost benefits, traffic analysis and an extensive public involvement process that allowed citizens and nearby businesses to provide input at two public meetings.  The public input process assisted E&PM and the consultant in completing the planning study and making recommendations.  City staff worked with HDR and URS consultants to complete the design for the streetscape and infrastructure improvements for

Elizabeth Avenue

Project Contacts:

Tom Russell, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-4639
Laura Harmon, Planning Commission, 704-336-4565
Mike Davis, PE, Transportation Project Manager, 704-336-3938