Posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017
The Town of Matthews will hold a 30-day public comment period from May 25 to June 25 on the future extension alignment for Independence Pointe Parkway.
Matthews, NC – The Town of Matthews will hold a 30-day public comment period from May 25 to June 25 on the future extension alignment for Independence Pointe Parkway between its current end near Matthews-Mint Hill Road to a future terminus point beyond I-485. The purpose of this comment period is to hear concerns and suggestions about where Independence Pointe Parkway should be located as it is extended toward the Sportsplex and across I-485, ultimately connecting to a future extension of McKee Road.
Click here for additional information and maps of the area. Please note that in the Map of proposed alternative alignments, the three options are represented in red, black, and blue. More information about the alignment options can be found below.
The Town of Matthews sought approval of the current proposed location for this future roadway in 1998. Since then many changes and actions have occurred that make that adopted alignment less than ideal: the point at which it is proposed to cross I-485 is difficult and costly; it separates two playing fields from the remainder of the Sportsplex site; and it divides the existing and future expansion areas of the CPCC Levine campus. The Town therefore requested assistance from transportation engineering staff with Charlotte Area Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) to design alternate potential routes for this future roadway. They have provided the Town three possible alignments. Before the Town makes a decision on a preferred alignment, the Town is holding this public comment opportunity (part of the required process for amending a CRTPO document).
Comments may be made in two ways:
- Written comments can be sent to Town Hall, care of the Planning Department, at 232 Matthews Station St, Matthews NC 28105.
- Verbal comments can be offered to the Town Board of Commissioners at their June 12 meeting at 7PM at Town Hall.
All written comments will be posted to the Town website so they can be viewed by Town Board and the public. The Town Board can determine a preferred alignment at their June 26 meeting. This information will be sent to CRTPO so that the new alignment can be adopted into the region's Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).
All three alternative alignments use the same starting and ending locations. They all call on relocating the existing road pavement between Four Lakes Drive and Matthews-Mint Hill Road in order to get a good connection straight across Matthews-Mint Hill Road. As the extension would enter what is now wooded land going southeast toward I-485, the alignments must shift to avoid Duke Energy’s transmission towers. The three alternatives split into separate lines just before reaching a creek at the start of Four Mile Creek drainage basin.
The blue alignment option would cut through a section of undeveloped land within the Sportsplex site until reaching existing Tank Town Road in front of the Town’s Public Works Department. Near this point, the new road may need to be built higher than the current roadbed, and so would impact the Town's Public Works site's driveway into the parking area.
would create a bridge over I-485
On the other side of I-485, the bridge would come back to existing grade level in an area now wooded, along a lot line between land owned by Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and land owned by Mecklenburg County. The blue alignment would then continue in a relatively straight direction across undeveloped land, crossing current Campus Ridge Road until “T-ing” into future McKee Road Extension.
This alignment option would not disrupt any homes. The cost estimate is $24 million. This is the preferred alignment of Town staff.
The red alignment option would impact about a half-dozen homes in the Rainbow Ridge neighborhood, and it not the preferred alignment of Town staff. As with the blue alignment, the red alignment would split a small portion of the Sportsplex property from the rest of the developed park. It would split the current Public Works facility to the extent that it would be unable to remain there. The red alignment option would tunnel under I-485. It would continue through wooded land close to the CSX rail line, then curving away from the railroad to match the blue line alignment through vacant parcels. The cost estimate is $57 million.
The black alignment option, as with the others, divides a small piece of undeveloped park land from the rest of the Sportsplex site. It would greatly impact homes in the Rainbow Ridge neighborhood, in effect splitting the neighborhood into two halves. This is not the preferred alignment of Town staff. The black alignment, which would tunnel under I-485 and therefore stay at grade on the Town’s Public Works site, would also impact a storm water detention facility and some storage space, but may be able to create a new alternate public street access into the site. The full extent of impact on the Public Works facility and its ability to reconfigure onsite or relocate elsewhere cannot be determined at this time. On the opposite side of I-485, the black alignment would be similar to the red alignment, paralleling the railroad tracks until veering away to cross Campus Ridge Rd and end at future McKee Road Extension. The cost estimate is not known, but likely similar to the red option at $57 million.
Note that both the red and black option require tunneling under I-485 and could potentially be located within the CSX right-of-way. This would be in coordination with the railroad that is currently tunneled under I-485. The coordination and costs associated with that would much depend on cooperation from CSX.
be noted that each alignment option includes safe accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists. All options will also create right-of-way opportunities for future Silver Line light rail transit to continue from the Sportsplex across I-485 to the CPCC Levine Campus.