ReVenture releases traffic study

by Andrew Batten

Tractor-trailers would make about 80 trips a day through the Mountain Island area, going to and from ReVenture Park’s proposed biomass power plant, according to a transportation study of the project.

Charlotte-based engineering consultants Kimley-Horn and Associates conducted the traffic analysis for Foresite Development, which wants to build a 30-megawatt biomass power plant on a 667-acre industrial park on the banks of the Catawba River.

The power plant would burn about 1,400 tons of trash a day, turning Mecklenburg County residents’ garbage into electricity. That waste is currently trucked to a landfill in Statesville.

Foresite wants to bring the garbage to a site on Statesville Road, near the Interstate 77-85 interchange. After removing recyclable materials, Foresite proposes to shred the garbage and transform it into fuel that it can burn at the ReVenture site.

Tractor-trailers would have to make an estimated 80 trips a day through the Mountain Island area to properly supply the power plant, Kimley-Horn engineer Jonathan Guy said in his report.

To get there, the trucks would need to use either N.C. 27, which passes by the site to the north or Belmeade Drive, which runs along its eastern edge.
About 14,000 vehicles use N.C. 27 per day and roughly 2,000 vehicles use Belmeade Drive, according to report, which referenced a 2008 N.C. Department of Transportation study.

Guy identified three routes truck drivers could use to access the ReVenture site: Exit 14 (N.C. 27) and Exit 12 (Moores Chapel Road) on Interstate 485 and Exit 29 (Sam Wilson Road) on Interstate-85. He recommends trucks use the first option and approach ReVenture Park on N.C. 27. That would route trucks up the two-lane road to its intersection with Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, where they would take a left before arriving at the facility.

Trucks could also use I-485’s Exit 12 as a secondary route, Guy said. That would mean trucks would travel on Belmeade Drive past White Water Academy elementary school and White Water Middle School.

ReVenture does not plan to use the two rail lines that pass through the site and parallel N.C. 27. According to CSX, which owns the lines, train frequency through the ReVenture Park site is based on customer demand and can range from one per hour to one per day, the report said. The train traffic shouldn’t interrupt daily operations at the site, Guy said.

Guy’s analysis might be the only look at how the project could affect traffic the area. The N.C. Department of Transportation requires a traffic impact study for sites that generate 3,000 vehicles per day or more or sit within 1,000 feet of an interchange, high crash location, an active highway project or along a major thoroughfare.

In his report, Guy said the site does not meet any of those thresholds, but the Department of Transportation’s district engineer for Charlotte could still ask for a such a study.

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