In mapping out the details of a regional transportation network, the road goes on forever and the planning never ends. And for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) – the federally mandated group responsible for coordinating the transportation planning process in Mecklenburg, Iredell and Union counties – one of the next steps in that process will be a detailed study of the Interstate 77 corridor.

According to a section in CRTPO’s most recent newsletter, the organization plans to authorize a “comprehensive look at the multi-model dynamics of the corridor and the surrounding parallel network.” The statement says the study will target major connections on the I-77 corridor and the key elements that influence travel behavior and safety within CRTPO’s planning area, which stretches from Statesville to the South Carolina border with I-77 as the major artery

The purpose of the project, for the I-77 corridor and the parallel network (which includes N.C. 115 and U.S. 21), is to develop a corridor strategies report identifying prioritized, implementable projects. Those projects would be considered in updates to the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Plan.

According to the CRTPO release, “The outcome of this study will provide recommendations to regional decision makers, elected officials, technical staff, the business community and the general public on the feasibility, benefits and impacts” of potential innovative solutions to transportation concerns. Those solutions, the release states, would be used to “develop recommendations for future projects along I-77 and the adjacent transportation corridor.”

A Request for Proposals is being compiled summarizing the study objectives and CRTPO will be hiring a consultant to assist with the study.

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