Could proposed north-south parkway help lake area traffic?


Pictured above: Map of the proposed parkway Picture courtesy North-South Parkway Sub-Area Study


MOORESVILLE, N.C. – March 28, 2019 – North Mecklenburg and southern Iredell County are experiencing significant population growth. This trend is expected to continue through 2040. The transportation network, particularly North-South connectivity is inadequate for current conditions. In 2010, the Urban Land Institute completed a study that identified the need for north-south connectivity and recommended a new route which was titled the North-South Parkway.

This title implied the idea that the North-South Parkway would stretch from Mooresville to Charlotte. Analysis and public engagement confirmed existing development and environmental impediments restrict such a facility in the area. There is not one parkway that can complement NC 115 but rather a series of connections using existing and proposed thoroughfares that attempt to satisfy the North-South transportation demand for the local jurisdictions in the study area.

Local jurisdictions, including Huntersville, Davidson, Mooresville, Cornelius and Iredell County staff, along with consultants Gresham Smith, have prepared three alternatives for north-south connectivity based on feedback from a first series of open house events held in September and October 2018, as well as over 400 comments received through an interactive online survey.

A second public open house is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The event will be held at the River Run Country Club Ballroom located at 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson, NC 28036. Residents are encouraged to drop-in anytime between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm to view proposed scenarios for improved connectivity in the area, give feedback on those scenarios, talk with staff, and network with friends and neighbors.

The open house will gather input about the three alternative alignment scenarios that identify opportunities for improved connectivity, bicycle, pedestrian and safety enhancements that are being considered for the study area. Input from residents will be critical in helping guide the priorities and plan for future connectivity in the area.

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