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U.S. 74/Independence Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Study

U.S. 74/Independence Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Study

NCDOT, the City of Charlotte, and the Town of Matthews have observed pedestrians crossing Independence Boulevard at both dedicated pedestrian crossings and at locations not intended for pedestrian travel. The study area spans the length of U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) between I-277 in Charlotte and I-485 in Matthews.

The purposes of this study are

(1) to evaluate the history of and risk for pedestrian crashes along Independence Boulevard and

(2) to identify potential countermeasures or improvements that may reduce risk for future pedestrian crashes on Independence Boulevard.

Representatives from each of the local agencies and NCDOT began meeting in Summer 2019 to develop a process for identifying potential safety improvements. The study is expected to be complete by Spring 2020 with draft recommendations for the study team to consider for implementation.


Visit the U.S. 74/Independence Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Study home page:  

1. What types of destinations along Independence Boulevard should be prioritized for improved pedestrian safety? (select top 3)
Bojangles Coliseum/Ovens Auditorium
Affordable Housing Complexes
Market Rate Housing complexes
Grocery Stores
K-12 Schools
Colleges and Universities
Social Services Offices
Parks and Recreation Centers
Bus Stops
Other (please explain)
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2. Where do you currently observe pedestrians trying to cross Independence Boulevard or where have you crossed Independence Boulevard (select top three choices)?
Between Pecan and Briar Creek Road (Morningside, Briar Creek Culvert location)
Between Briar Creek Road and Eastway/Wendover
Between Eastway/Wendover bridge and Pierson underpass
Between Pierson underpass and N. Sharon Amity (N.C. 27/Albemarle Rd split)
Between N. Sharon Amity and Idlewild Rd (Independence Tower, Circle K gas station)
Between Idlewild Rd and Wallace Ln (Bojangles)
Between Wallace Ln and E.W.T. Harris Blvd
Between E.W.T Harris Blvd and Sardis Rd (Super G mart)
Between Sardis Rd and Sam Newell Rd (Crowne Point Plaza)
Between Sam Newell Road and N.C. 51 (Windsor Square, Costco - Matthews)
Between N.C. 51 and I-485 (Matthews)
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Please select your residence zip code from the list below.
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