STEELE CREEK NEWS
Projects Continue to Move up in Schedule
(March 5, 2016)
Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO)
have been providing updates on the status of Highway 160 (Steele
Creek Road) widening projects at
the last four Steele Creek Residents Association meetings, and each
year the news gets better. Projected start dates for two projects
have moved up two years since last year's meeting!
Last week, Robert
Cook, CRTPO Secretary, reported that the State Transportation
Improvement Program (STIP) released by the North Carolina Department of
Transportation (NCDOT) last year includes funding for two Highway 160 projects.
CRTPO Update February 25, 2016.
Construction is now expected to begin in 2017 on improvements to the
intersection of Hamilton Road and Highway 160 (Project U-5762
on the map to the left). This project will widen
for additional capacity consistent with the future Steele Creek Road
cross section, which will include two lanes each way on Steele Creek
Road, plus turn lanes, a median, sidewalks, and bike lanes. Last
year this project was slated for right-of-way acquisition in 2019
and construction in 2021. Total cost will be about $1.6 million.
Some turn lanes
have already been added
at this intersection by a
Lennar Homes also will be required to make additional
improvements once it begins to develop the 201st lot in its new residential development
now under construction near the
intersection of Hamilton Road and Smith Road.
right-of-way acquisition for the widening of
Highway 160 from Shopton Road W to S Tryon Street
(Project U-5766) is now scheduled to
begin in 2020 with construction beginning in 2022. This timeline is
two years earlier than CRTPO staff reported at the 2015 Residents
This 4.2 mile widening project extends along Steele
Creek Road from Shopton Road West to South Tryon Street (NC Highway 49). Improvements include widening the existing roadway from
two lanes to four lanes with a median and installing bike lanes and
sidewalks. Total cost will be about $36 million.
third Highway 160 project, widening Highway 160 from S Tryon Street
to the South Carolina State Line, will be evaluated
for prioritization along with other transportation projects for
possible funding after 2020. This 2.2 mile widening project extends along Steele
Creek Rd from South Tryon Street (NC Highway 49) to the South Carolina state
This project did not score well enough to be included in the latest STIP,
but NCDOT staff separately evaluated
the Hamilton Road intersection and included its improvement in the STIP. This
widening project will be evaluated for possible inclusion in the
next update of the STIP in 2017 through the
Prioritization 4.0 process. South Carolina has begun
widening SC Highway 160 from Gold Hill Road north to the state line, which
makes the need for widening Highway 160 in North Carolina more
The interest in widening Highway 160 that has been expressed by the community at annual Steele Creek
Residents Association meetings and through other means has had an
influence on decisions made by CRTPO and NCDOT when prioritizing
projects. The community needs to continue to advocate for the
remaining project still in the prioritization process.
CRTPO is a federally-designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) that is responsible for transportation planning in Mecklenburg, Union and Iredell counties. Its core responsibility is allocation of federal transportation funds.
It works with NCDOT to prioritize projects. NCDOT is responsible for
highway construction, routine and long term maintenance, and operations.
CRTPO is developing a
Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which
will identify long-range transportation system needs, and a
Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which establishes shorter-term
transportation project funding priorities based on financial
See the CRTPO PowerPoint presentation from the 2016 Steele Creek
Residents Association meeting here:
CRTPO Update February 25, 2016.
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