Cross Charlotte Trail

Cross Charlotte Trail – Brandywine Road to Tyvola Road is part of an overall master plan created in 2004 and adopted by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners in 2008. The plan calls for over two-hundred miles of greenway to be built in Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. This project is 1.54 miles long and has 4 public access connectors between Brandywine and Tyvola Road. It fills a key gap that allows users to travel more than 18 continuous miles from Brevard Street in NoDa all the way to the South Carolina state line. This section of stream had limited right of way, steep banks, and water levels that fluctuated drastically during weather events and required a unique combination of design features to make the project viable. These unique features included a combination of variable type retaining walls, low water bridge crossings, wooden boardwalks with concrete decks, precast concrete board walk, prefabricated bridge, concrete paths, and asphalt paths all serving different purposes to overcome the challenges. This project included:

  • 4,700 LF of 12’ wide, concrete paved greenway along Little Sugar Creek (used in areas within the flood prone zone)
  • 2,100 LF of 12’ wide, asphalt paved greenway along Little Sugar Creek (used in areas above the flood prone zone)
  • 38,000 SF of gravity retaining walls (used to create enough area along to stream to allow for the new 12’ greenway path and to combat the large elevation changes along the banks)
  • 280 LF of precast concrete boardwalk with 127 LF installed in existing box culvert (this allowed for the design to incorporate an existing culvert under E Woodlawn into the greenway design)
  • 780 LF total length for two 12’ wide boardwalk bridges, with cast in place concrete deck (these unique boardwalks including concrete decks sit in the air and were used along the stream banks where there was no room for the wall/path combination and provide some great views of the stream)
  • 1 EA 12’ wide prefabricated steel pedestrian bridges (this was an economical alternative to a concrete bridge and used to cross a smaller tributary and add aesthetics to the greenway)
  • 4 EA 12’ wide cast-in-place concrete swale bridges (these low water crossings prevent debris from getting stuck in the structure during a flood event)
  • 3,800 LF of Metal Safety Rail (The black color adds a nice accent to the greenway)