Hello, and thank you for your interest in the City of Charlotte’s Bryant Farms Road Extension Project. Our team is excited to meet with you this evening to update you on the Phase 1 project that will extend Bryant Farms Road from Elm Lane to Rea Road. This brief video will give you an overview of major project components and what to expect moving forward. Our City and Design-Build Teams welcome any questions you may have, and will be happy to discuss the project details with you.
These team members include:
- For the City of Charlotte
- Imad Fakhreddin, PE, Sr. Project Manager
- Natalie King, PE, Project Manager
- Samantha Miller, PE, Program Manager
- Erin Pratt, PE, Sr. Engineering Project Manager, CDOT
- Kimberly Calhoun, Real Estate, City of Charlotte
- For the Phase 1 Design-Build Team
- Dave Tolley, Blythe Development
- Roman Prokopovych, PE, RK&K
- Leah Crosby, Gulf Coast LLC
- DB Team Real Estate Acquisition Lead
- Sam Barber, American Engineering
This Phase 1 project is the first component of the City’s overall plan to extend Bryant Farms Road to Ardrey Kell Road. This first phase will run from Elm Lane to Rea Road, mostly within the City’s existing Right-of-Way. This will provide a critical link in the overall roadway network and allow a future extension from Rea Road to Ardrey Kell Road when it is funded for design and construction.
Here you can see the limits of the Phase 1 project in greater detail. The Phase 1 project will include:
- A four-leg roundabout at the existing intersection of Bryant Farms Road with Elm Lane/Blakeney Heath Road
- An extension of Bryant Farms Road to Rea Road with two travel lanes and a Shared-use path on both sides
- A new signalized intersection with Rea Road, which will include a connection for the future Phase 2 project.
- Roadway Lighting along the new section of Bryant Farms Road
- Several utility relocations
With these improvements, the project will help alleviate traffic congestion in the area, increase connectivity, and provide safe alternative transportation choices for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Focusing in on the existing intersection of Elm Lane and Bryant Farms Road, we can see what the intersection looks like in its current state, with 3 roadway legs, and a driveway access to the gas station in the middle of the intersection.
The proposed design will install a roundabout to allow for safe and efficient operation and facilitate the new alignment roadway connection. The gas station driveway will be shifted north along Elm Lane, and a median will be added on the existing section of Bryant Farms Road to ensure safe access to this local business. Through all stages of construction the detour route will maintain access to the business in the area.
A combination of Shared-Use Paths, sidewalks and bike lanes will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to traverse the area safely.
A retaining wall along the southeast corner will minimize impacts to properties to the greatest extent possible.
At the eastern end of the project, the existing section of Rea Road will be modified to allow for both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 project connections. Here we see the existing area along Rea Road where the new alignment of Bryant Farms Road will intersect.
The Phase 1 project will install a full four-way intersection complete with a new traffic signal and a roadway stub on the east side of Rea Road. This stub will serve as an easy tie-in point for the Phase 2 project, and eliminate the need to impact Rea Road in the future with additional construction.
Shared-Use Paths along the mainline will extend to the stub section, and tie-in to the existing sidewalk network along Rea Road. Approaching the new intersection from the south, the median will be reconfigured to allow for an exclusive left-turn lane onto the new section of Bryant Farms Road. From the north, a southbound left-turn lane will replace the existing median. At the completion of the Phase 1 project this lane will be opened and allow for U-Turn movements at the new signalized intersection. Once Phase 2 is complete it will be re-marked as a southbound left-turn lane.
This project is unique as it is the City’s first Progressive Design-Build for Transportation. Using a progressive design-build contract for this project gets the project to the construction stage quickly, with the City, designer and contractor to working together in all phases of the project to maximize the project improvements within a given budget.
Using this innovative contracting method is just one example of the City’s commitment to providing cost and time efficient projects, maximizing the improvements you will see and minimizing the time it takes to get them completed.
With this method of contracting, residents and travelers in the area will see construction beginning soon, and we wanted to let you know what to expect as the project nears that construction phase.
Currently the Right-of-Way acquisition process is underway. If an easement is needed on your property, our Real-Estate Team will be contacting you directly to discuss the easements, share detailed plans, and discuss how the acquisition process works.
Even as this process continues, Construction is likely to begin late in the second quarter of 2023. The first piece to be constructed will likely be the new mainline section of Bryant Farms Road, built within the existing City-Owned Right-of-Way.
As right-of-way acquisition wraps up, construction will move to the Rea Road and Elm lane intersections. We currently anticipate standard workdays running from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. However, certain construction activities along Rea Road and the existing section Bryant Farms Road and Elm Lane may be completed at night per NCDOT requirements for traffic.
Additionally, the intersection of Bryant Farms Road with Elm Lane/Blakeney Heath will be closed for a period of time to allow for roundabout construction. Notifications will be posted prior to any closure, and a formal detour route will be established and posted.
The DB Team will have representatives available throughout construction to address questions and concerns as they arise, and we do anticipate all construction being completed by Late 2024.
Hi, I’m Natalie King, a Project Manager with the City of Charlotte’s General Services Division. I want to Thank you all on behalf of the City for taking the time to attend this Open House. Our team will be available to answer your detailed questions centered around the various plan displays in the meeting room. If you should have any questions after the event or would like to check-in on progress in the future, please visit the Bryant Farms Road Extension Project webpages listed here. And as always, you can contact me directly at the email address displayed in this presentation, and on the project webpages.
We hope you enjoy your time meeting with me our City and DB teams this evening. We appreciate the opportunity to hear from you as we move forward with this project, and as we plan for the City’s future. To that end, the City will be hosting several events over the coming months focused on soliciting input for the City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Please visit the site displayed for more information on the development of the 2040 plan, and to see details for upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you at those events and we thank you again for meeting with us today.