Last night, prior to the regular meeting, there was a presentation by Pat Ivey, NCDOT Division 9 Engineer and Kimley-Horn Planning and Design Engineer Consultants focused on the solution for Lewisville-Clemmons Road. The majority of the presentation was done by Teresa Gresham, PE Project Manager with Kimely-Horn.
The proposed solution for Lewisville-Clemmons Road south of I-40 shows there will be NO MEDIAN south of Stadium Drive. The proposal was a great beginning. Here is their presentation: U-6004 Council Presentation 5-14-18.2 *Please note that one item not taken into account yet is the I-40 bridge/interchange.
Once it was known that a full median wouldn’t be accepted the work began on a more inclusive option. However, this proposal still leaves a lot to be desired. We need to explore more access roads, parallel streets and what type of realistic possibility we have at securing the necessary easements in a timely manner to make any of this happen.
This proposals’ primary focus was safety. However, I’m concerned not just with safety, but with access to businesses and improving the level of service to the road.
Teresa specifically mentioned that more “ins and outs” at intersections will help to keep a high level of access to busineses where the median crosses in front of them. She provided for that in her proposal. What is also vital is the interconnectivity within the business parks and that still needs to be worked through. I feel confident that throughout the next couple of months and working together we can fine-tune the plan to make it something that everyone is excited about.
I hope that by creating a safer driving experience there will be a higher likelihood of drivers stopping to conduct business and if the flow is improved (thus drive time is reduced) then there will be more available time for drivers to stop and conduct business. Again, proper access is still key. Difficult access or time-consuming access may also deter drivers from becoming shoppers.
Kimley-Horn also proposed an added righthand turn lane along L-C Road in front of the Baptist Health center heading North and an additional lefthand turn lane at 158 and Middlebrook.
There are future widening plans for 158 West of L-C Road and this project takes that into account and would take into account a Kinnamon ramp (if that project were to be prioritized).
There was discussion about adding multi-modal opportunities such as bike lanes and sidewalks, but I have a hard time envisioning bike lanes with so many curb cuts. I worry for the safety of bikers. I believe even walkers/runners will have a difficult time on the sidewalks along L-C Road, but also believe that, that type of access must be made available.
Council must commit to the prioritization of this project (or not) by September, but we will not be making this decision in a vacuum. If the decision is to move forward then right-of-way acquisition will begin in 2023 and construction would begin in 2025.
We will be seeking both citizen and business input on this proposal over the next couple of months. Please, stay tuned for those public input session dates.