STEELE CREEK NEWS
All Activities for
the Garden Parkway Have Stopped
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has notified
the community by postcard that all activities for the Garden Parkway have
stopped. The Garden Parkway was planned as a toll road that began at
the current interchange of I-485 and West Boulevard in Mecklenburg
County, crossed over a new bridge spanning the Catawba River, and
continued around the south side of Gastonia, connecting with I-85 to
the west of Gastonia.
The Garden Parkway
had been evaluated as part of the state's
Strategic Transportation Investments processs, which uses
quantitative scores to determine what highway projects should
receive funding. The Garden Parkway scored poorly and moved down on
the list of potential projects. The
local Metropolitan Planning Organizations
removed the project from their 10-year Metropolitan Transportation Plans.
The processes that
have ranked the Garden Parkway poorly are the same processes that
have ranked two Highway 160 projects high enough for the state to include
Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and has ranked a
third project high enough that it may qualify for the next TIP. See
Your Comments Show Support of Funding for Highway 160 Project.
companies, Lincoln Harris and Crescent Communities, are planning a
new mixed-use development tentatively called River District that
will cover over 1,300 acres in land west of the airport in the area where the
Garden Parkway was supposed to go. They have prepared draft plans
that do not incorporate a major parkway. They have, however, planned for a
thoroughfare that might evenutally lead to a new bridge across the
Catawba River. Gaston County planners are discussing a possible
road/bridge connection in that area.
For more information on
the proposed River District development, see
Neighbors get a closer look at River District west of Charlotte
airport (Charlotte Observer, April 27, 2016) and
Rezoning Petition 2016-056.
In a postcard, DOT
tells Gaston residents the Garden Parkway is dead (Charlotte
Observer, May 9, 2016).
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