• City's budget proposal allocates millions to finish Cross Charlotte Trail

    By: Gina Esposito

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After years of construction and money problems, the Cross Charlotte Trail is taking a big step forward.

    City Manager Marcus Jones announced Monday that there is money in the 2020 budget proposal designated to complete a portion of the trail.

    [City Council: City short millions in effort to build Cross Charlotte Trail]

    The fiscal year 2020 budget provides $54 million for the Cross Charlotte Trail to be completed from uptown to Rocky River.

    The trail would go from NoDa through the Hidden Valley neighborhood and up to the Cabarrus County line.

    The project is years in the making because the city council kept running out of money, forcing them to only fund segments from Pineville to NoDa.

    Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said, "We want to build a place where people have a choice on how to get around the city, and the trail is going to be a big part of that."

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    The entire trail is designed to run from South Carolina to Cabarrus County.

    Council members are expected to approve the budget on June 10.

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