While it might sometimes seem as if the world is disorganized and chaotic, there is an orderly type of comfort to be found in the design details and precise plans of road construction projects. Planners often include improvements to existing streets and highways, such as roundabouts and bicycle lanes, in addition to brand-new ribbons of concrete designed to ease congestion and make commutes shorter.
For people who live next to planned road construction – or worse, directly in its path – the projects can mean noise and disruptions, and in cases of eminent domain, upheaval and the mandated move of a business or family home.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has hundreds of projects – some large and some small – going on across the state, including the first phase of the Charlotte Gateway Station. Described by the state as a “multi-modal station that will consolidate public transit and intercity transportation modes at Trade and Graham Streets in Uptown Charlotte,” the project is slated for completion in 2023, though that date has an asterisk next to it on the DOT website. “*Future dates subject to change,” can be found in tiny print elsewhere on the page.
Some of the other projects include:
More details on these projects and others can be found here.
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