On Wednesday, April 17, after nearly three and a half years, East Sugar Creek Road reopened with a soaring new roadway bridge over the LYNX light rail and North Carolina Railroad corridor.
Think back to that sad old intersection and railroad crossing: traffic backed up to North Tryon and The Plaza multiple times per hour for freight and Amtrak trains. And the pedestrian crossing? Forget about it. The old E. Sugar Creek was never meant for people. And it will remain one of Charlotte’s busiest cross-town beltways (known as NC Route 4) which snakes its way from I-85 on Sugar Creek Road, becoming Eastway, Wendover, Runnymeade, Woodlawn, and finally Billy Graham Parkway at the airport and I-85 again.
The circulation of Sugar Creek Road was critical to the city and state, which is why it was reconstructed as a bridge in partnership with the construction of the LYNX light rail. But during its critical stage, the NoDa and Howie Acres neighborhoods certainly took one for the team.
Now let’s celebrate the clean slate of the new NoDa North portal which relinks our neighborhood to Asian Corners’ excellent Compare Foods, Truc Vietnamese, Dino’s Diner, and Le’s Bahn Mi sandwich shop. Let’s welcome new neighbors Charlotte Art League, Station House, and many new artists and non-profits popping up in the Greenway and Trailhead warehouses under the new bridge. And if we will, shall we mourn the closing of our convenient Wells Fargo branch and Rite Aid, who sadly did not make it after all these years.