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Right Turn Lane Coming to Brown-Grier Road at Highway 160

(May 26, 2016) The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to add a right turn lane on westbound Brown-Grier Road at Steele Creek Road (Highway 160) this summer. The project will only require the relocation of one utility pole. The exact construction date will depend on when the utility pole can be relocated by Duke Energy.

Brown-Grier Road

According to Stuart Basham, Division 10 Planning Engineer with NCDOT, "The right turn lane on Brown Grier will not be designed to accommodate an eighteen wheeler. We did look at that, but doing so will impact a couple of large concrete vaults owned by Charlotte Water on that quadrant of the intersection. We are planning to make radius improvements to the extent possible without impacting the vaults so that should help. Based on my review of the drawings for the project, the left turn lane on Brown Grier to head south on NC 160 will also be widened."

Basham also said "At this time, there is no plan to change any of the pavement markings on NC 160. It will remain as is. There will be a dedicated left turn arrow added (from southbound NC 160 turning left onto Brown-Grier Road), so there will be some changes to the signal phasing on NC 160. That should help with traffic operations by eliminating vehicles holding up southbound through traffic while waiting to turn left."

Scott Cole, Acting Division 10 Engineer with NCDOT, said that the additional lane should allow more cars to enter the intersection quickly from Brown-Grier Road, which will mean that the length of time that the signal would be green for Brown-Grier Road could be reduced. That would reduce the time traffic on Steele Creek Road would need to wait and help move that traffic through the intersection quicker.

The widening of Steele Creek Road is on the current State Transportation Improvement Program. It is scheduled for right of way acquisition in 2020 and construction in 2022. See Highway 160 Projects Continue to Move up in Schedule.

The City of Charlotte plans to upgrade Brown-Grier Road from Steele Creek Road to Whitehall Park Drive with a planted median, intermittent left-turn lanes, curb and gutter, bike lanes, planting strips, and sidewalks on both sides of the road. Planning and design would occur in FY 2016-2017, See Projects Selected for Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program and Comprehensive Community Investment Summary Report: Whitehall/Ayrsley Area, January 2016.

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