A 1998 Transportation Bond Project
Delays to Project:
This transportation project will widen existing Freedom Drive from I-85 (Edgewood Road/Bradford Drive) to Toddville Road. The road will be widened from a two lane road to a four lane median divided facility. Click here for IMPORTANT Road Closure Information.
The improvements will include bicycle lanes, sidewalks, planting strips, and street lighting on wooden poles. Objectives:
- Follow the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) transportation plan.
- Improve safety by widening existing Freedom Drive from I-85 (Edgewood Road/Bradford Drive) to Toddville Road.
- Build bicycle lanes, planting strips, and sidewalks Follow the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) transportation plan.
- When the project began design work, it was under 1998 EPA rules on crossing regulated streams which allowed the existing culvert to be extended or replaced without a permit as long as stream impacts were less than 300 feet.
- In 2002, the EPA regulations changed, requiring several permits for stream crossings and a due diligence period of 18-24 months for the City to show it looked at every reasonable alternative to preserve stream wetlands.
- During that time, the project team examined roadway alignments, compared bridges to culverts and studied alternatives with least wetland impact.
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, signalization, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.
The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team will manage the Freedom Drive Widening Project through a four stage process. Specific work is conducted during each stage with an emphasis on public involvement during the planning and design phases. Click here
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