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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #175 on: January 03, 2020, 06:54:25 AM »

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-01-02-weekend-uptown-ramp-closures.aspx

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​CHARLOTTE Ė N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will close several uptown ramps this weekend as part of a $16.3 million project to improve the roadway and 22 bridges along I-277.​​​​​

The following ramps will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday:

​-the ramps from Church Street and South Boulevard to the inner loop
-the ramp from the inner loop to East Stonewall Street
-the ramp from the outer loop to Carson Boulevard​​

All the work is weather permitting and subject to change. Detour information will be online at DriveNC.gov under Mecklenburg County.​​

Drivers need to slow down and use extra caution while going through the work zones and the detour routes. They also need to pay extra attention to the road for their own safety, as well as any passengers, occupants of other vehicles and the construction crews in the area.​
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #176 on: January 09, 2020, 03:12:55 PM »

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-01-09-uptown-ramp-weekend-closures.aspx

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​CHARLOTTE Ė N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews are continuing their series of ramp closures as part of a $16.3 million project to improve the roadway and 22 bridges along I-277.​​

Beginning tonight at 9 p.m., crews will close the ramp from the outer loop to Carson Boulevard (exit 1D) until 6 a.m. Friday. ​​Other ramps will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13:

-The ramp from the outer loop to Carson Boulevard;
-The ramp from the inner loop to Fourth Street (exit 2A);
-the ramp from Fourth Street to the inner loop;
-the ramp from the inner loop to South Boulevard (exit 1E); and
-the ramp from South Boulevard to the inner loop.
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All the work is weather permitting and subject to change. Detour information will be online at DriveNC.gov under Mecklenburg County.​​
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #177 on: January 13, 2020, 03:58:13 PM »

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-01-13-uptown-closures.aspx

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​CHARLOTTE Ė N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews have scheduled several ramp closures this week as part of a $16.3 million project to improve the roadway and 22 bridges along I-277, weather permitting.​​

Tonight and Tuesday night, crews will close the entrance and exit ramps at the South Boulevard interchange with the inner loop. The closures will be in place from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.​​​

On Wednesday night, the inner loop entrance and exit ramps at Fourth Street will be closed from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday. ​​

Additional ramp closures will be in place over the weekend from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20:​​

-the ramp from the outer loop to Carson Boulevard
-the exit and entrance ramps where Fourth Street meets the inner loop; and
-the ramp from the inner loop to East Stonewall Street​​

All the work is weather permitting and subject to change. Detour information will be online at DriveNC.gov under Mecklenburg County.
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #178 on: January 23, 2020, 12:31:04 PM »

NCDOT is holding two public hearings next week to discuss planned improvements to US-74 between Idlewild Road and I-485.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-01-23-independence-public-hearings.aspx
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #179 on: January 23, 2020, 02:08:33 PM »

NCDOT is holding two public hearings next week to discuss planned improvements to US-74 between Idlewild Road and I-485.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-01-23-independence-public-hearings.aspx

IMHO that section of US 74 needs to be upgraded to a full expressway, express lanes or no.
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #180 on: January 23, 2020, 03:57:20 PM »

The failure to convert Independence Boulevard to a controlled access facility between Uptown and I-485 is one of the biggest missed opportunities in North Carolina. US 74 between Asheville and Wilmington is NCís missing interstate. Iím tired of people telling me it couldnít be done, and the express lanes will help mitigate this failure. Independence Blvd is a Frankenstein of failed vision.
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #181 on: January 23, 2020, 08:21:09 PM »

^ The project is not only adding express lanes, itís also converting the remainder of the roadway into a Jersey freeway, a 50 mph roadway without median crossovers, RIROs, and overpasses. It wonít be a full controlled access roadway, but it will be a free-flowing Expressway. Still a major improvement overall, with the elimination of all signals.

US 74 between Asheville and Wilmington is NCís missing interstate.
I-485 provides a 70 mph interstate highway bypass throughout the area, such cross-state interstate would not include US-74 from Downtown Charlotte to I-485.
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #182 on: January 23, 2020, 08:48:09 PM »

With the dearth of radical highways to the due east, do you ever forsee Albermarle Rd getting the same Jersey Freeway treatment?
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #183 on: Today at 07:40:43 AM »

^ The project is not only adding express lanes, itís also converting the remainder of the roadway into a Jersey freeway, a 50 mph roadway without median crossovers, RIROs, and overpasses. It wonít be a full controlled access roadway, but it will be a free-flowing Expressway. Still a major improvement overall, with the elimination of all signals.

US 74 between Asheville and Wilmington is NCís missing interstate.
I-485 provides a 70 mph interstate highway bypass throughout the area, such cross-state interstate would not include US-74 from Downtown Charlotte to I-485.

Ideally the Interstate could begin at I-26 in Columbus and follow US 74 from there, running concurrent with I-85 and then turning along NC 16 and I-277 through downtown Charlotte. Routing it around I-485 wouldn't be too bad, though, especially since that's the direction the flyovers point at the I-485/US 74 junction to the east.

This would also require upgrading NC 16 at least between I-85 and the end of the Brookshire Freeway, though ideally all of NC 16 could be upgraded out to the existing freeway section outside I-485. Has this been recently studied? I'm surprised that I can't find anything about it since it's a pretty big missing link between downtown and I-85 to the west.
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Re: Charlotte
« Reply #184 on: Today at 02:04:01 PM »

^ The project is not only adding express lanes, itís also converting the remainder of the roadway into a Jersey freeway, a 50 mph roadway without median crossovers, RIROs, and overpasses. It wonít be a full controlled access roadway, but it will be a free-flowing Expressway. Still a major improvement overall, with the elimination of all signals.

US 74 between Asheville and Wilmington is NCís missing interstate.
I-485 provides a 70 mph interstate highway bypass throughout the area, such cross-state interstate would not include US-74 from Downtown Charlotte to I-485.


I concur that the Independence BL upgrades are a huge improvement. It is still IMHO a huge missed opportunity. Independence BL is/was Charlotteís missing freeway. When the Silver Line is built and southeast Charlotte densifies, I believe planners will wish this opportunity was handled differently. This newly improved road will still have a ton of curb cuts and sidewalks which will introduce/retain many unnecessary safety hazards. A 4 to 6 lane Independence Blvd Freeway with frontage roads would have been more appropriate.

Roadsguy I have spoken with transportation planners in Charlotte. They are currently evaluating several alternatives for Brookshire some include upgrading Brookshire to a freeway between I-277 and I-485.
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