Jun 4, 2022 - News

The Tuckaseegee-Berryhill-Thrift roundabout is finally open

roundabout at intersection of Tuckaseegee, Berryhill and Thrift Roads

roundabout at intersection of Tuckaseegee, Berryhill and Thrift Roads. Photo: Michael Graff/Axios

One of the west side’s more irritating traffic headaches is over, with the recent opening of a roundabout at the intersection of Tuckaseegee, Berryhill and Thrift roads.

Why it matters: For more than a year, drivers have been like mice in a maze trying navigate construction here where Wesley Heights, Seversville and Enderly Park converge.

  • The project, which turned a five-legged intersection with a stoplight into a free-flowing roundabout, also involved installation of storm drainage, crosswalks and sidewalks.

At times during construction, four of the five roads were closed at the intersection.

Meanwhile, the owners of Lulu’s Maryland-Style Chicken and Seafood say they lost countless customers during the process.

  • “We’ve been in the parking lot and watched the same car go to barricade to barricade to barricade and not ever show up,” Miketa Davis, who co-owns Lulu’s with her husband Jay, told me earlier this spring.

What’s next: An approximately 19-foot tall sculpture from artist Douwe Blumberg will be installed in the middle of the roundabout this fall.

  • The focus of the structure, made out of thousands of cast aluminum alloy rings, will be a racial- and gender-neutral face watching over the the circle.
proposed sculpture at intersection of Tuckaseegee, Berryhill and Thrift Roads
Conceptual drawing of “Tapestry” by Douwe Blumberg. Courtesy of City of Charlotte

What they’re saying: “I was looking for something that would really quantify the area for me,” the artist’s statement says. “There are working-class neighborhoods. There are retail areas. There are corporate and warehousing areas. There are service businesses, all bisected by extremely heavily trafficked roads populated and traveled by people of vastly different ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and life experiences.”

Have other Charlotte traffic frustrations you can’t wait to see solved? Let us know about them at [email protected].

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