Mooresville Wins CRTPO Pledge for Projects
By Lee Sullivan, Lake Norman Media Group
Three Lake Norman-area communities have received commitments for more than $22.6 million combined in funding to help pay for prioritized road and mobility network projects.
In the latest round of discretionary funding approved by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), Huntersville is targeted for $7.756 million to support two projects, Mooresville is in line to receive $7.685 million for three projects and one mobility study, and Davidson is designated to receive $7.204 million for three projects with general links to Beaty Street area improvements.
The locally directed dollars are part of a $59,089 million CRTPO package approved March 15 providing financial commitments to support 27 transportation and mobility improvements in 12 jurisdictions. CRTPO is the metropolitan planning entity that channels federal transportation dollars in Mecklenburg, Iredell, and Union counties.
CRTPO contributions are in most cases set up as reimbursements once projects – or phases of projects – are completed.
In the CRTPO funding process, towns prioritize projects and present applications for funding support. CRTPO representatives evaluate and grade projects based on a collection of factors, including general logistics, overall anticipated costs and the applicant’s matching funds pledge.
In the most recent commitments throughout the three-county CRTPO area, funds were designated for 11 road projects, eight bicycle and pedestrian improvements, three air quality ventures and five planning studies.
The highest profile project ($4.216 million) on Mooresville’s CRTPO list a planned Mazeppa Road grade separation – “flyover” is the often-used description – envisioned to enhance traffic flow in that area, especially the steady stream of trucks in and out of South Iredell Industrial Park.
The project, estimated to cost $11.8 million with construction targeted in 2025, would create a Norfolk-Southern track and N.C. 115 overpass linking Mazeppa and Connector roads.
Mooresville also received funding for widening Langtree Road between Lanyard Drive, west of Interstate 77, and Mt. Mourne Loop east of the Interstate ($873,000). Additional commitments include funding ($2.436 million) for a shared use path on N.C. 115 on the town’s south side and for filling sidewalk gaps on Fairview and Waterlynn roads, and $160,000 to help finance a comprehensive mobility plan study.