Reopening Bus Lanes In Charlotte Might Cost More Than You Think
WCNC Charlotte recently reported that reopening bus lanes that currently exist on Independence Boulevard in east Charlotte will cost a lot more than most people would expect.
Currently the price tag for reopening the bus lanes is $1.7 million. The city of Charlotte says that the price of this operation is so high due to rising material and worker cost.
These already existing lanes were closed in 2017. This was done when the work to the Hawthrone Street overpass started to help with the CityLYNX Gold Line streetcar expansion. Originally, Independence Boulevard lanes were going to be reopened as toll lanes.
Due to some large delays in the Hawthorne Street bridge project, the roads sat unused for a long period of time. It took three years for the bridge to open in 2020.
The proposal for the lanes to be turned into toll lanes is currently delayed due to funding shortages in the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
There was a city council meeting on Monday night where the council members voted to send the North Carolina Department of Transportation $950,000 to restore these roads.
The lanes would be used for both buses and emergency vehicles and the project total is $1.7 million.
This project is so expensive for many reasons. The first reason is because the bus lanes opening for outbound vehicles will need too be relocated about 330 feet. To make matters more complicated the work crew will need to remove a barrier wall to do this.
Another reason this project is so expensive is because around 650 feet worth of surface on the road will need to be repaved. The cost also includes storm drainage accommodations that will need to be put in.
These lanes are predicted to reopen in the first half of 2024.