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Steele Creek Road Realignment Ribbon-Cutting is June 24

(June 2, 2011) The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Steele Creek Road and  Dixie River Road Realignment project will be on June 24th beginning at 10:00 AM. There will be a small gathering at the intersection of Steele Creek Road and the new Dixie River Road. A few public officials will give their comments before the roads are opened for traffic. Among the speakers will be Warren Turner, City Councilperson for the Steele Creek area (District 3) and Deputy City Manager Jim Schumacher.

The project includes three major parts. The Shopton Road West realignment was completed in 2009. The other parts are a new, realigned Dixie River Road and the straightening of the curve and widening of Steele Creek Road.

  New Steele Creek Road

The northbound lanes of the new Steele Creek Road (shown on the aerial image above from last fall) have been open since last year, and the southbound lanes have been open for a few weeks, although traffic barrels still abound. The New Dixie River Road will be open for traffic on June 24. Once it is opened, the old section of Dixie River Road will be renamed Shopton Road.

New Steele Creek RoadsThe final step will be additional landscaping, which will occur in the fall.

Folks who have been waiting years for improvements to Steele Creek Road and the elimination of the sharp curve at Shopton Road West should be pleased with the new roads when they are completed.

Another new road needed to improve traffic flow through Berewick is the extension of Berewick Commons Parkway east to connect to the new Dixie River Road. Currently the only access from most Berewick residential areas to Berewick Elementary School and other areas to the northeast is through a residential neighborhood, whose streets are not designed for through traffic. The extension of Berewick Commons Parkway will be built by the developers of Berewick and is not part of the city project.

Traffic signals are required to be at least 500 feet apart. The roads were spaced so that signals at the new Dixie River Road and eventually at both I-485 ramp intersections would be allowed.

This is a joint project of the City of Charlotte and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Most of the funding for the $11,257,000 project came from 2004 Charlotte Transportation bonds. The bonds actually were approved and the project started before the roads and nearby Berewick were annexed into Charlotte in 2009.

For more information, see the Dixie River Road Realignment web page.

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The aerial photographs below were flown last November and are courtesy of The Charlotte Department of Engineering and Property Management and AeroPhoto, Inc. Derrel Poole, Project Manager for the road construction projects, displayed them at the Steele Creek Residents Association annual meeting in March. Click on any photograph to see an enlargement.

New Dixie River Road New Steele Creek Road at New Dixie River Road
New Dixie River Road


New Steele Creek Road at Shopton Road West

New Steele Creek Road

New Dixie River Road

New Dixie Rover Road