This 1.3-mile corridor is the second phase of Toby Creek Greenway, extending from the UNC Charlotte Campus to the Autumnwood neighborhood in northeast Charlotte. The greenway connects residential neighborhoods to restaurants and retail areas as well as the University. In addition, this trail has regional significance being part of the Carolina Thread Trail.
Stewart’s responsibilities included structural engineering, public involvement, surveying, and bridge/boardwalk design.
Topography from the Rocky River Road West/Rockland Drive intersection south proved very challenging as the greenway connects into the Autumnwood neighborhood. The team proposed constructing a raised boardwalk segment parallel to the slope to reduce grading and retaining walls needed, and to minimize clearing and tree loss. The greenway alignment was re-routed to avoid significant trees. The raised boardwalk also gives the impression of walking up in the trees.
The County desired to have the greenway connect to a Target retail center which involved an additional bridge crossing of Toby Creek. The team worked with the County to bring access off the main trail up to Chancellor Park Drive and extend a sidewalk across the box culvert underpass to connect to existing sidewalk into the Target shopping center.
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