The University Pointe Boulevard in Charlotte, NC, has been given an Envision Bronze award by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. This is the first project in the state of North Carolina to receive Envision recognition.
Completed in the summer of 2017, the roadway improvements project addressed a much‐needed redesign for a new roadway and pedestrian corridor. A new bridge over Interstate 85, a secondary access road, and a roundabout intersection were built to enhance mobility. Additionally, pedestrian and bicycle facilities were integrated to improve access to public spaces.
One contributor to the project’s success were its sustainable features. Approximately 65 percent of materials used, including soil, asphalt, aggregate, and concrete, were locally sourced. The team used reclaimed asphalt pavement as an alternative to aggregate in the asphalt. The process involves grinding the existing roadway pavement into gravel‐sized pieces and incorporating them into the new asphalt cement. This process eliminates the need to harvest quarry rock to serve the same purpose.
The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Learn more about Envision and ISI at sustainableinfrastructure.org.