Cross Charlotte Trail Is $77 Million Short

CHARLOTTE, NC –  The city of Charlotte has several disconnected greenways spread throughout the city. A report Monday outlined the financial shortfall the project engineers face trying to link them together to create an all encompassing trail.

The city is short $77 million dollars to complete the project that has been in the works for six years.  The trail that will eventually stretch 26 miles from Pineville to UNC Charlotte was supposed to debut in 2019.

On Monday, city staff revealed they miscalculated the cost to build paths through seven developed sections of the city. The result is $77 million dollars in unfunded work. The project’s total cost also jumped from $38 million to $115 million dollars.

“There is always push back on any investment we make, but i think everybody, whether they are users of the trails or not, sees the value in the trails,” said Councilman Larken Egleston.

Egleston says the benefits of a completed greenway are worth working toward. He says the city may consider working with developers along the blue line North of Charlotte to make greenway construction part of their zoning.

“We can partner with them to make that work for them financially and in their rezoning process, that saves tax payers dollars,” said Egleston.

Egleston says the city will look at ways to cover the unfunded sections, but in the meantime, he’d like to move forward with construction of the portions already approved.

“We’re trying to do the best we can with the hand we were dealt.” said Egleston.