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The Town of Huntersville is hosting the third drop-in public workshop for the Northwest Huntersville Transportation Study Phase 2 that is aimed at defining alignments for future roadways in this area in coordination with future development.
Date: Thursday, October 10th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.Location: Lee S. Dukes Water Treatment Plant (at the end of Babe Stilwell Farm Rd)
In the spring of 2017 the Town in partnership with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) and consultants began further analysis of where future roadways should be located in northwest Huntersville and how provisions for bicyclists and pedestrians should occur. This study is known as the Northwest Huntersville Transportation Study, Phase 2.
The study was placed on hold pending decisions by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on their configuration for NC 73 under the widening that is scheduled to begin in 2023. At the same time the Huntersville Town Board suggested an additional option for the Northwest study roadway alignments.NCDOT has now determined that NC 73 will be widened on its current alignment and locations of median openings have been determined. This information allows the selection of a route linking Ervin Cook Rd with Oliver Hager Rd to connect to NC 73. Hugh Torance Parkway would be extended to Ervin Cook Rd. The thoroughfare designation for Hugh Torance Parkway through the Gilead Ridge community would be dropped from the Comprehensive Transportation Plan Highway Map. Coupled with an extension of Birkdale Commons Parkway to Gilead Rd, this future network option should serve the long term mobility needs of this area of Huntersville and allow for important circulation away from NC 73. This helps local traffic avoid NC 73 thus preserving the regional function of the road and also provides alternative routes (especially for emergency responders) in the event of any significant event on the highway.
The technical team consensus recommendation of option C-3 for future roadways in this area is shown in the link below. Previously studied options are shown on the project website. Residents may give input at the meeting on the 10th or through an email to Town Transportation Planner Bill Coxe (email@example.com). The Town Board is scheduled to discuss this roadway network at their meeting on Monday, October 21st at 6:00 PM and may at that time make a recommendation for a decision by CRTPO (the final deciding body.)