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Poindexter Rail Crossing

Poindexter Rail Crossing
This project will enhance vehicle travel and encourage transit-oriented development by building a new street crossing over the Lynx Blue Line track at Poindexter Drive.

What's happened? 
Gannett Fleming served as the project designer.  Design plans are now complete. Construction is complete and the crossing is open.

What's next?
A ribbon cutting ceremony took place November 13.

Who to contact:  Sharon Buchanan, 704-336-2044

This Project is the result of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between WF Silos, LLC and the City that will enhance vehicular access and foster transit oriented development along the Lynx Blue Line.  These goals are consistent with the City’s land use and economic development vision for the South corridor.  The desire for the extension of Poindexter Street and an additional at grade vehicular crossing of the LRT was identified by the Charlotte Planning Department during the development of the draft New Bern Station Area Plan in 2005.
 
The public was notified through public involvement and outreach meetings that were conducted during the Station Area Plan process.  The process included public hearings and Council’s adoption of the New Bern Station Area Plan, which provides for extending Poindexter Street with an at-grade crossing. 

Objectives:

  • Enhance vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and circulation in the New Bern station area
  • Encourage and support the construction of private Transit Oriented Development (TOD) adjacent to the New Bern Station
  • Build bus and LRT ridership and the City’s property tax base

 Above: Architect's rendering of the Woodfield Silos development.

The project scope includes:
  • Design and construction of a new at-grade vehicular rail crossing installation of crossing structures or panels
  • Sidewalk components within crossing and on approaches
  • Top of rail elevation adjustments, centerline alignment
  • Modifications to the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) to accommodate crossing, realignment or relocation of rail communication cable trough
  • Roadway tie-in to crossing on either side
  • Crossing signals, signage, double-yellow center line with delineators, and pavement markings
  • Train control and communication modifications
  • Successful coordination with adjacent developments

Cost:  TBD
Please note this is the funding amount and includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, signalization, permits and landscaping.  Additional funding may be identified after the planning phase.

Project Budget:
On 8/22/2011, Council Council authorized participation in this project.  A portion of the design and construction costs will be funded by the City through the South Corridor Infrastructure Program and the developer, WF Silos, LLC, will fund the remaining portion of the design and construction costs of the project.
 
Based on the total budget of $1.2M for planning, design and construction, the City will contribute 2/3 of the cost, up to $800,000 and WF Silos, LLC will contribute the balance of $400,000 plus any overruns.  This financial participation structure will be updated and finalized based on final bids for the project and on the final terms and conditions of the Infrastructure Agreement.

For bidding information, contact Susana Vang at 704-336-3633.

The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team will manage the Poindexter Rail Crossing Project through a four stage process. Click here to learn how City projects are selected, designed and built.

Project Contacts:
Sharon Buchanan, PE, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-2044