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Fred D. Alexander Boulevard opens to traffic

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Theodora Alexander, center, a daughter of Fred D. Alexander, joined family members and city officials Tuesday in cutting the ribbon to open the Fred D. Alexander Boulevard, $50 million, four-lane road in west Charlotte. (Photo: Glenn H. Burkins for Qcitymetro.com)

The city of Charlotte officially opened the latest phase of Fred D. Alexander Boulevard Tuesday morning. The two-mile road is named in honor of the first African American elected to the Charlotte City Council.

About a half-dozen members of the Alexander family were on hand to help cut a long, green ribbon that stretched across the four-lane thoroughfare in west Charlotte, which cost nearly $50 million to build and includes bike lanes, planted medians and four decorative columns with plaques commemorating Alexander. The road eventually will extend to Northlake Mall.

“He was a very soft-spoken person. I think he would be very elated over what is happening here today because he was very excited about the growth in the city of Charlotte,” said Theodora Alexander, Fred Alexander’s daughter.

Fred Alexander was born Fredrick Douglas Alexander and was elected to city council in 1965, shortly after the Civil Rights Act was adopted in 1964. He later was elected to the N.C. Legislature.

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