June 29, 2023 - NCDOT's independent structural review firm sent comments to the project team and the consultant team is addressing their comments and preparing the 100% design plan submittal. The documents must be reviewed by NCDOT to obtain construction authorization. The bid phase is expected to start later this year, with construction starting in mid-2024 and taking about three years.
Above: Consultant rendering of the Rail Trail Bridge. For illustrative purposes only. Specific features and amenities could change.
This project will provide a new bicycle and pedestrian connection over I-277 from the CATS Blue Line Stonewall Station to where the existing Rail Trail ends under the East Morehead Street bridge, north of Carson Street. The project will seamlessly provide Rail Trail users direct access to and from Center City and South End.
To provide connectivity to the Rail Trail and remove I-277 as an obstacle between South End and Center City
To provide a safe, direct, car-free route for bicyclists and pedestrians
The project team will engage the community at various points in the planning, design and construction process. The following public meetings have taken place:
The map above shows the current route of the Rail Trail and the existing gap over I-277.
The map above illustrates the approximate location of the future bridge.
Dan Leaver, PE, Assoc. DBIA
Transportation Program Manager
Paul Benton, PEProject ManagerCharlotte Department of Transportation980.257.9844Paul.Benton@charlottenc.gov