Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to extend Clanton Road from Donald Ross Road to Wilkinson Boulevard (U.S. 29/74), construct a grade separation over the Norfolk Southern rail line, and close the existing at-grade crossing on Donald Ross Road. The purpose of the project is to improve vehicular and rail traffic safety, provide improved roadway connectivity, and increase multimodal access. 

Project Highlights

The project will begin at Donald Ross Road and West Boulevard, extending northeast on new location to Wilkinson Boulevard at Ashley Road with a bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Donald Ross Road crossing of the railroad will be closed as part of this project.  

The project will also include:

  • two 11-foot lanes
  • 5-foot bike lanes
  • 6-foot sidewalks

The bridge over the railroad on the new Clanton Road Extension will be widened to accommodate turn lanes at Wilkinson Boulevard. The project would be built on new location with no detour route necessary.

Project History

This project is listed as a recommended roadway project in the city of Charlotte’s 2018 Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

According to the 2009 Clanton Road Extension Feasibility Study, this project has been part of the Charlotte region’s long-range transportation plans since the 1970s. All portions of the project are located within the boundaries of a City of Charlotte “priority corridor,” a new market tax credit area, a business investment grant area, and one of three Opportunity Zones.

The extension of Clanton Road is also included in the former Mecklenburg-Union MPO, now Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Thoroughfare Plan from 2004 and the 2019 Charlotte Rail Projects Update from the City of Charlotte’s Department of Transportation.

Download/View Project Map

Click on the link below to open the map in a new window for viewing or download.

P-5730 Clanton Road Extension Project Meeting Map


A video explaining how to read a public hearing or meeting map can be viewed below. The video contains information on colors and symbols used.



Public Meeting




 Thursday, February 16th 


 Public Open House: 5pm - 7pm


 American Legion

 1940 Donald Ross Road, Charlotte


Project Funding



Property Acquisition




Total Costs


* Costs are preliminary and subject to change

Project Timeline



Public Meeting 

February 2023

Environmental Document 

March 2023

Right-of-Way Acquisition

 July 2023

Begin Construction

June 2025

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Comments


NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.  
The public is encouraged to leave comments using this website, email, or phone number:



Phone Number: 512-580-8850 enter project code 2492

To be included in this portion of project development, comments should be submitted by on March 3, 2023.

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Do you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed improvements to Clanton Road?

Closed for Comments

Project Contact

 Brian Gackstetter

NCDOT Rail Division

Rail Project Manager

1553 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699

512-580-8850  code 2492

Project Contact

 Liz Workman

Three Oaks Engineering

Consultant Project Manager

1730 Varsity Drive, Suite 140

Raleigh, NC 27606

512-580-8850  code 2492

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Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  

Right-of-Way Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

Right of way Acquisition Process Videos

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