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STEELE CREEK NEWS

Highway 160 Widening of Highway 160 has been Delayed for Three Years

(January 18, 2019) The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) released the Draft 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) on January 10. The STIP identifies transportation projects that will receive funding between 2020 and 2029. (See Press Release.)

The construction for the widening of Highway 160 (Steele Creek Road) had been scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2021 (beginning July 2020), but the Draft STIP now shows right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation beginning in fiscal year 2021 and construction delayed until fiscal year 2024 (beginning July 2023).

According the list of 2020-2029 Draft STIP Changes (see the second page under Division 10):

TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL TIME FOR PLANNING AND DESIGN AND TO ASSIST IN BALANCING FUNDS, RIGHT OF WAY DELAYED FOR SEGMENTS A AND B FROM FY 19 TO FY 21 AND CONSTRUCTION FOR SEGMENTS A AND B DELAYED FROM FY 21 TO FY 24

Segment A is from the South Carolina state line to South Tryon Street, and Segment B is from South Tryon Street to I-485. Plans call for Highway 160 to be widened to four lanes with a grassy median, bike paths, and sidewalks from the state line to Shopton Road West and to six lanes from Shopton Road West to I-485. Construction is expected to last for four years. Total cost is projected to be $62,600,000.

Click on the image below to view a detailed, revised schedule..

Highway 160

NCDOT will hold a public comment period in spring 2019 to seek input on the document. The Steele Creek Residents Association web site and Facebook page will provide information on when and where comments can be submitted when that information is available.

Transportation planners with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) and the NCDOT will be attending the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Steele Creek Residents Association on February 28 at Kennedy Middle School. The Meet & Mingle begins at 6:00, and presentations (on the 2019 revaluation and planning for growth in Steele Creek) will begin at 7:00,

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