West End will soon get some nifty traffic improvements

West End will soon get some nifty traffic improvements
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West End is hopping, and the city of Charlotte is preparing a few new street projects that will improve traffic conditions.

The area just on the west side of I-77 from Uptown is in the middle of an influx of development and residents. Charlotte Center City Partners is working on developing an identity there around Historic West End.

Now the city of Charlotte is moving forward on some road infrastructure.

The first is a dramatic overhaul of West Fourth Street.

The idea is to make it easier for people in Wesley Heights to walk and bike into the center city. The road will get narrower, sidewalks will get wider, medians will have pedestrian refuges, bike lanes will be added and trees will be planted.

The work will be between I-77 and Wesley Heights Way.

The City Council is expected to award a $1.2 million contract for work on the project Monday. The whole thing should be done by the end of 2018.

Money comes from the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program approved in 2014.

The city is also putting in a roundabout.

This would go right at the awkward intersection of Tuckaseegee, Berryhill and Thrift roads. This is where Lucky Dog Bark and Brew is.

A team from the Arts & Science Council will be picking out public art for the roundabout in May. There will also be new crosswalks, sidewalks, planting strips, landscaping and decorative lighting.

The whole project will cost about $4.4 million. The city of Charlotte is expected to approve a large chunk of the money Monday.

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