Potts-Sloan-Beaty Street Corridor Project
Community Invited to NCDOT’s Project Review Session: Potts/Sloan/Beaty Corridor Project
Tuesday, February 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and project engineer Kimley Horn invite community members to a project review session on the Potts/Sloan/Beaty corridor project on Tuesday, February 12 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall lobby. Community members will get an update on the Potts Street and Sloan Street road connection, the sidewalk along the corridor, and the roundabout at the intersection of Sloan/Griffith/Beaty streets. They will also get information on the sister project, the roundabout at the intersection of Main Street (NC115) and Potts Street in Cornelius. This will be a drop-in session.
Following the project review session, Kimley Horn will provide an update to the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners at the 6:00 p.m. board meeting in the Davidson Town Hall board room. We encourage you to attend either opportunity.
Presentation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners by Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright.
Presentation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners by Ben Taylor of Kimley Horn.
October 2017 Manager's Report:
This project is being designed to provide another option for mobility in town, in this case a north-south connection through town. This project meshes with our core values and planning principles: Citizens need to move easily throughout the town and region, so government will provide a variety of options, such as sidewalks, bike paths, greenways, connected streets, and transit. The scope of this project is to provide a road connection between Potts and Sloan Streets, install a roundabout at the intersection of Sloan, Griffith and Beaty Streets, and a multi-use path along the route. This new connection will help disperse traffic and provide another option for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It is designed to be a low-speed (25 mph), local road, not a Main Street bypass or parkway road.
In the last three citizen surveys (2007, 2014, and 2017), responders have strongly supported measures to relieve traffic congestion, greenways, street connections, bike lanes, sidewalks and multi-use paths.
Plans for this connection date back to 1981 and multiple plans since (2010 Comprehensive Plan, 2016 Walks & Rolls Active Transportation Plan, Mooresville to Charlotte Trail), all involving citizen input, have listed the Potts/Sloan/Beaty connection as improvement vital to mobility in town. We appreciate the vast citizen feedback over the decades.
In March 2015, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Bonus Allocation and Surface Transportation Program – Direct Attributable project list including $2.2 million for Potts/Sloan/Beaty corridor and $6 million for Potts St/Hwy 115 intersection improvements in Cornelius.
Ben Taylor of engineering consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Scott Cole of NCDOT provided a status report on the proposed Potts/Sloan/Beaty transportation project and also the proposed Highway 115, Potts Street, and Davidson Street intersection project in the Town of Cornelius (a project specific to Cornelius to be considered by their board of commissioners). They reviewed the public comments received by NCDOT and Kimley-Horn at their public meeting held October 5 at Cornelius Town Hall. The concepts they have shown are not final – they will take existing features like trees into account when finalizing the plans.
Mr. Taylor also discussed the plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Sloan, Griffith, and Beaty Streets. NCDOT and Kimley-Horn will host a second public meeting in early 2018 with hard design information (street, sidewalks, etc.)
Both projects with be constructed simultaneously, starting potentially in early 2020. The Davidson Board of Commissioners will decide on an alignment preference for the new Potts/Sloan connection at their November 14 meeting. The town can create an ordinance to restrict trucks on the route, in fact, it will not be designed to accommodate trucks.
On July 12, 2016, the Davidson Board of Commissioners relinquished the maintenance of Potts Street, Sloan Street, and Beaty Street to North Carolina Department of Transportation to enable this corridor project to move forward. In order for us to access federal funding for this project, we will these three roads into state ownership during the project and once complete, they will be returned to us. This ownership change will have no effect on the actual plan itself.
In 2013, the Town of Davidson hired consultants Alta Planning + Design and Fuss & O’Neill to conduct stakeholders meetings, a public forum, and collect data to answer these questions and more:
- What should this corridor include? What should be the provisions for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders?
- What amenities does each segment of the corridor include for vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, and transit (e.g. sidewalks, traffic lights, bike lanes, cycle tracks, multi-use pathways, on-street parking, bike racks, etc.)?
- What should the street look like? How will it be different from what it is today?
- How do we connect Potts Street to Sloan Street? What opportunities/constraints are there?
- How should the intersections be treated? Are there options for roundabouts, either at Griffith Street or other locations? What would they look like?
Contact & More Information
For more information, please contact Public Works and Projects Manager Doug Wright by email or by phone at 704-940-9625.