STEELE CREEK NEWS
New Dixie River
Road Project Completion Expected in Summer
2011) The utilities have been moved out of the way, and the weather
is warm enough to lay asphalt, so construction on the new Dixie
River Road project is now progressing towards an early summer
The project includes
three major parts. The Shopton Road West realignment was completed
in 2009, and the new Dixie River Road is nearly complete. The third
part is the straightening of the curve in Steele Creek Road and the
widening of the road. This third part is what still requires most of
the remaining work.
lanes of the new Steele Creek Road (shown on the aerial image to
the right) have been open since last year.
Completion of all the
new roadways, sidewalks, and traffic signals should occur by early
summer. Once the new Dixie River Road is opened, the old section of
Dixie River Road will be renamed Shopton Road.
The final step will
be additional landscaping, which will occur in fall 2011.
Folks who have been
waiting years for improvements to Steele creek Road and the
elimination of the sharp curve at Shopton Road West should be
pleased with the new roads when they are completed.
Another new road
needed to improve traffic flow through Berewick is the extension of Berewick Commons Parkway east to connect to
the new Dixie River Road. Currently the only access from most
Berewick residential areas to Berewick Elementary School and other
areas to the northeast is through a residential neighborhood, whose
streets are not designed for through traffic. The extension of
Berewick Commons Parkway will be built by the developers of Berewick
and is not part of the city project.
Traffic signals are
required to be at least 500 feet apart. The roads are spaced so that
future signals at the new Dixie River Road and both I-485 ramp
intersections will be allowed.
information, see the
Dixie River Road Realignment web page.
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photographs below were flown last November and are courtesy of The Charlotte Department of
Engineering and Property Management and
AeroPhoto, Inc. Derrel Poole, Project Manager for the road
construction projects, displayed them at the Steele Creek Residents
Association annual meeting this month. Click on any photograph to see an