Scott P.M. Godefroy, P.E.City of Greenville, Public Works Department
The study area for the Tenth Street Connector is generally bounded by West Fifth Street on the north, the railroad on the south, Moye Boulevard on the west, and Evans Street on the east. Click here for a map of the study area.
At the present time, approximately 3,700 people live in the study area. Growth is expected to continue in upcoming years, as follows:
- Traffic along the corridor is expected to grow approximately 2% per year through 2025.
- The population of Pitt County has grown by 3% per year in the recent past, and it is expected to continue to grow, although at a slightly slower pace, through 2025.
- Employment in Pitt County has grown by 2% per year and is expected to grow by approximately 3% per year through 2025 (primarily at East Carolina University and Pitt County Memorial Hospital).
The following six objectives for the project are outlined below:
- Increase connectivity between places to the east and places to the west via improved multimodal access. This includes connecting the Hospital with areas to the east, the University and downtown Greenville with areas to the west, and ECU’s main campus with the Health Science Center.
- Provide a grade-separated crossing with CSX Railroad from eastern North Carolina to the Hospital/Health Science campus to improve emergency response time.
- Create a direct connection between Stantonsburg Road and Tenth Street to improve vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access.
- Provide an opportunity to change West Fifth Street Drive from a major thoroughfare to a neighborhood collector street.
- Sustain and support economic development of Greenville, ECU, and PCMH.
- Construct a facility consistent with recommendations from local and regional plans, including the 2004 Horizons plan, the 2005/2006 Center City-West Greenville Revitalization Plan, and the 2005 Greenville Urban Area Thoroughfare Plan.
The Tenth Street Connector project is intended to improve the study area in a variety of ways to accomplish its objectives. The process of study and design and the team carrying it out are described below.
The project will connect the intersection of Stantonsburg Road and Memorial Drive with the intersection of Tenth Street and Dickinson Avenue.
A critical piece of this project will be the separation of the CSX Railroad and Tenth Street so citizens traveling along Tenth Street can continue without being stopped by a train. The study will evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of Tenth Street going over or under the railroad.
There are a variety of alignment options being considered for the Tenth Street Connector. Visit the public participation page to read about them in the newsletters or in the January 2008 slideshow presentation.
The study and design phase of the project includes data collection, public involvement, a Community Impact Assessment, an Environmental Assessment, and design. Data to be collected includes socioeconomic, historic, and community data, as well as information on physical elements such as railroads, streets, and utilities. The study and design process for this project is anticipated to take 3-4 years. Construction will start no earlier than 2012, but it will begin soon thereafter assuming no unexpected delays are encountered. To view the timeline of project progression, visit the project history page.