Garden Parkway Project
Project # U-3321
Type: New Toll Freeway
Affected Counties: Gaston, Mecklenburg
The Garden Parkway is a planned toll road spanning about 21.9 miles from I-85 west of Gastonia to I-485 near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Mecklenburg County with crossings over the South Fork and Catawba Rivers.
The project is broken up into eight sections: U-3321AA, U-3321AB, U-3321B, U-3321CA, U-3321CB, U-3321DA, U-3321DB and U-3321E. Section AA is to construct two lanes and four lanes of right-of-way from I-85 to U.S. 321. Section AB is to construct two final lanes from I-85 to U.S. 321. Section B is to construct four lanes from U.S. 321 to NC 274. Section CA is to construct four lanes from NC 274 to NC 279. Section CB is to construct four lanes from NC 279 to I-485. Section DB is toll integration. Section E is landscaping.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the congestion of traffic on I-85 and U.S. 274/279 is expected to increase through 2030 and the project is supposed to provide relief to those roads, and also add connections between Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties.
- February 2012: The project was approved in the Federal Highway's Record of Decision.
- August 2012: The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a suit in Federal District Court in Charlotte challenging the project's environmental documentation, and litigation is still pending.
- Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Completed
- Final Environmental Impact Statement: Completed
- Record of Decision: Approved
- Award Construction Contract: TBD
- Obtain Environmental Permits: TBD
- Final Plan of Finance: TBD
- Begin Right-of-way Acquisition: TBD
- Begin Construction: TBD
- Project Open to Traffic: TBD
The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a suit in Federal District Court in Charlotte challenging the project's environmental documentation, and litigation is still pending as of August 2012.
No information has been publicized about how many properties may be affected by the construction. There have not been any property takings as of yet, and the schedule remains unknown as to when they will begin.
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