Staff to examine, grade locations
Indian Trail will use $25,000 in state funds to develop a plan for improving the town’s intersections. The town council officially approved the idea during their Tuesday, April 12 meeting, after earlier backing out of a regional effort with Matthews and Stallings, saying it didn’t make sense. The town’s engineering department will look at five intersections, including the corner of Sardis Church and Unionville-Indian Trail roads. Also included is the corner of Rogers Road and Brandon Oaks Parkway. The three additional intersections have yet to be selected.
Indian Trail had originally petitioned for the planning money from the state, but was asked to consider a joint project with the two neighboring towns. The problem, Indian Trail engineer Scott Kaufhold said, is the town already did several of the things a regional plan would entail, including pedestrian, greenway and bike plans.
“Back in 2005, the town had undertaken its own study, looking at 12 major roads and five intersections,” Kaufhold said, adding the intersections were all assigned a school grade. The plan is to examine five intersections and determine what’s needed to make them safer.
By using the money to study its intersections, Indian Trail officials hope to be better prepared to make changes, Kaufhold said, since any improvements would be far less expensive
In September, the Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization set aside up to $75,000 for the three towns to develop a long-term regional transportation plan, detailing road needs and future priorities. The money wasn’t free, however. The towns were to contribute at least 20 percent of the planning cost as part of a matching grant. If they don’t show “adequate progress” by the end of June, the state will withdraw the money.
Kaufhold told council members the project should be finished before June, with the town contributing a $5,000 match.