R-5721 / U-5765: N.C. 73 Improvements

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to improve an 8.5-mile stretch of N.C. 73 in Lincoln and Mecklenburg Counties.  Improvements along N.C. 73 begin at N.C. 16 in Lincoln County and extend to Northcross Drive (S.R. 2316) in Huntersville. The N.C. 73 project is included in the 2018–2027 NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as two projects:  R-5721 and U-5765.  The two projects are combined for environmental study purposes.

The limits for each STIP Project are described as follows:

  • R-5721 - N.C. 16 to West Catawba Avenue, Lincoln and Mecklenburg Counties
  • U-5765 - West Catawba Avenue to Northcross Drive, Mecklenburg County

 

Vicinity Map:

Interactive Vicinity Map

DISCLAIMER:  This information is intended for general reference only. 

NCDOT is not responsible for its accuracy or use.  The corridor alternatives represent potential impact areas for the proposed roadway improvements.  They are preliminary and subject to change.

By clicking on the icon above () you will have the option of turning on/off individual alternatives. for ease of viewing. 

 

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PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT

The purpose of the project is to improve the traffic carrying capacity of N.C. 73 within the study area to operate at an acceptable level of service through the design year 2040.  A secondary purpose is to safely accommodate multi-modal uses of the corridor. Multi-modal uses on this project would include bicycle and pedestrian activities.

ALTERNATIVES BEING CONSIDERED

The project study area has a variable width along N.C. 73 to account for environmental resources, major utilities, as well as recommendations from the Northwest Huntersville Transportation Study (2011) and the CRTPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) (2017).  NCDOT is evaluating several corridors for the N.C. 73 improvements:

  • Alternative 1:  This corridor would be a "Best-fit" widening along existing N.C. 73.
  • Alternative 2:  This corridor woubl be a "Best-fit" widening along existing N.C. 73 with two potential corridor paths to the west in the area between McGuire Nuclear Station Road and Beatties Ford Road. 

Based on preliminary analyses, four-lane and six-lane roadway sections are being considered to accommodate future traffic volumes.  Minor improvements to intersecting roads will also be evaluated.

ESTIMATED COSTS 

  Activity         Estimated Cost*
  Right of Way Acquisition   $   79,000,000 
  Utilities  $     8,000,000 
  Construction Costs   $   77,000,000 

  Total Cost

  $ 164,000,000 

* Estimated Costs as shown in Current 2018-2027 STIP and are subject to change

TIMELINE

 Milestone

Date*

 Public Meetings               February 5 and 6
 Design Public Meeting                 Spring 2018
 Final Environmental Document              Summer 2018

 Begin Right of Way Acquisition 

2020

 Begin Construction

2022

 

 

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

The NCDOT project team will review all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted (online, phone, email, or letter) – and explore options to incorporate comments and address concerns where and when feasible.  

PUBLIC MEETINGS

NCDOT will hold two open-house public meetings in February to:

  • Present the corridors being considered
  • Present the potential realignment options being considered
  • Present the proposed typical roadway cross-sections
  • Receive public input

NCDOT staff will be available to discuss the corridor alternatives and crossections and to answer questions.   Comments and questions should be submitted by March 16, 2018.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings.  Anyone requiring such services should contact Tamara Makhlouf at 919-707-6072 or [email protected] as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.  

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

 Date

    February 5, 2018

    Location

    Meadowlake Church

      6501 Gilead Rd, Huntersville

 

 Begin Time

    4:00 P.M.

    End Time

    7:00 P.M.

 

     Date

   February 6, 2018

     Location

   East Lincoln 

   Community Center

     8160 Optimist Club Rd, Denver

 Begin Time

    4:00 P.M.

    End Time

    7:00 P.M.

 

PUBLIC MEETING MAPS

R-5721: Public meeting Map 1 - N.C. 16 to County Line     Click Here   

R-5721: Public Meeting Map 2 - County Line to Babe Stillwell Farm Road (including alternative realignment options)  Click Here

R-5721: Public Meeting Map 3 - Babe Stillwell Farm Road to Northcross Drive  Click Here

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS                                              

Comments may be submitted via phone, email or U.S. Mail to either of the individuals listed below or at any meeting.  All comments received carry equal weight, regardless of submittal method.  All commetns will be reviewed and suggestions/recommendations incorporated into designs where feasible.  Comments should be submitted by March 16, 2018.

 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION

Wilson Stroud, C.P.M.                                                                                           

NCDOT Project Manager

Central Project Delivery Team

1582 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1582

919-707-6045

[email protected]

RESOURCES FOR PROPERTY OWNERS


Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  

 

Relocation Assistance Brochure                                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

NCDOT Poll:
If you would like to be added to the project mailing/email list, please provide the following:
NCDOT Poll:
Do you prefer one option over another?
Alternative 1: Best-fit widening along existing N.C. 73
Alternative 2A: Best-fit widening along existing N.C. 73 with realignment option further from existing N.C. 73
Alternative 2B: Best-fit widening along existing N.C. 73 with realignment option closer to existing N.C. 73.
Either is acceptable
Select a response
NCDOT Poll:
Do you have general comments you would like to give to the project team?
Very important to provide a “bike lane” in both directions to accommodate cyclists who desire to ride their bikes along Route 73 across the Catawba River either to Denver or Cornelius.
Reply4 Agree11 days ago
Alternative 2B is best to avoid destroying more homes and to stay away from the lake and to reduce the impact on gas lines and power lines and streams
Reply1 Agree9 days ago
Would appreciate further detail or specifications for locating and distance between U-turn locations. Would appreciate options to connect existing roads for easier access to Hwy 73 with limited connections. Details shared with Mark Reep, Sr Project Engineer at Meadowlake public meeting on 2-5-18. Thank you for opportunity to comment.
Reply1 Agree11 days ago
Very concerned with the lack of definitive information/(mis-information) from DOT on existing and proposed U-Turns and signal lights From W. Catawba heading out to Rt. 73. A formal meeting is required for concerned home owners to weigh in on proposed plans and how it will affect us. The ability to turn left out of Norman Island Drive or a U-turn with signal light is needed for the over 300 residents to get in and out of the neighborhood. Not to mention the Police, Fire, and EMS to enter and exit these neighborhoods in an emergency and not have to travel all the way to Blythe Landing to do a u-turn to travel east on 73.
ReplyAgree3 hours ago
I'm concerned that the 4 Lane does not go far enough west as there is already backups that occur in afternoon rush hour on the HWY16/73 bridge. This will likely make the backups there worse. Also being at several Lincoln county rezoning meetings for developments west of HWY16 on NC73 that the intersections at St. James Church Road, the congestion is not getting better. Please consider extending the 4-lane to Ingleside Farm Road. End the west bound lane into the new proposed Ingleside Farm Road Interchange. Also start one lane east bound on the entry ramp for the new proposed Ingleside Farm Road Interchange. This area is developing fast and if 4-lane is not put in now, it will cost a lot more later on.
ReplyAgree4 days ago
The landscaping and overall street design of NC-73 should reflect the residential nature of the neighborhoods the road passes through, especially between W. Catawba Ave. and Blythe Landing. I would like to see a well landscaped median with enhanced decorative lighting along this stretch. Cross walks at Windaliere Dr. and near Harris Teeter are very important as there is considerable foot and bicycle traffic along this stretch of road.
ReplyAgree5 days ago
I live in the Sterling Pointe neighborhood which is located along Windaliere Dr. in Cornelius. It is very important to have access to travel east (make a left turn from Windaliere Dr.) along NC 73, and if a U-Turn is necessary to accomplish this, that it be located in close proximity to Windaliere Dr. Our community will also need access to enter Windaliere Dr. from both directions of travel along NC 73 after expansion. Sound protection for the communities in Cornelius and Huntersville that are located between Blythe Landing and W. Catawba Dr. is also very important. This part of NC 73 is located in the midst a very residential neighborhood.
ReplyAgree5 days ago
Alternative that move NC 73 off of current alignment seem like the best fit for residents, it avoids destroying homes and stays away from the lake.
ReplyAgree6 days ago
Very disappointed that there were conflicting responses from the NCDOT reps to the same questions from different people. I took notes and checked my notes with two others who were with me when I queried the DOT rep. I was shocked when one of my neighbors essentially asked the same questions and his summary was almost 180 degrees from mine after he, too, had his summary checked by another of his group. We need to know how you plan to allow people to reverse direction along 73. If we are traveling east on 73, how would we make a left to enter Sterling Pointe? What will the truck restrictions be as this new route will be a magnet for semi trucks. What about the noise and increased air pollution? Will this be six or four lanes? What will the speed limit be? How do you plan to handle the West Catawba-73 interchange? This project has the potential to be a significant detriment to the quality of life for those living along 73, especially on those who live between Club road and West Catawba.
ReplyAgree7 days ago
I live at 15900 Beatties Ford Rd on the short section north of NC 73. I want to know if the proposed construction will still include aa traffic light at Beatties Ford Rd or will we have to turn right and go west to a turn around to go east on NC 73 or go back to Beatties Ford to go south. I am also interested how close will the right be to my property.
ReplyAgree9 days ago
I am very concerned about access to 73 from my development 100 Norman Place ... U turns can be dangerous. Have jug handle turnoff's been considered? Where will these U-turns or turnoffs be located? Concerned about the distance I will need to travel once out of the development. Can we have a voice in the type of sound barriers that might be considered? The traffic noise will increase substantially ... its loud now with two lanes. I attended the public meeting and received conflicting information around the use of "eminent domain" relating to homes located along 73 between Catawba and Blythe Landing Park.
ReplyAgree10 days ago
NCDOT Poll:
Is there a question you would like answered regarding the project?
How will the de-valuing of homes very close to the new road be handled? How will such homeowners be compensated?
Reply1 Agree9 days ago
How do you plan on handling the u-turns on Norman Island Dr and effectively getting in and out of the neighborhoods on this road? What are the considerations are being put in place to ensure Emergency personnel can get in and out of the neighborhood without traveling further west on 73 just to make a u-turn to travel east to local hospitals and urgent care?
ReplyAgree3 hours ago
I'm concerned that the 4 Lane does not go far enough west as there is already backups that occur in afternoon rush hour on the HWY16/73 bridge. This will likely make the backups there worse. Also being at several Lincoln county rezoning meetings for developments west of HWY16 on NC73 that the intersections at St. James Church Road, the congestion is not getting better. Please consider extending the 4-lane to Ingleside Farm Road. End the west bound lane into the new proposed Ingleside Farm Road Interchange. Also start one lane east bound on the entry ramp for the new proposed Ingleside Farm Road Interchange. This area is developing fast and if 4-lane is not put in now, it will cost a lot more later on.
ReplyAgree4 days ago
What is the likelihood of options 2A and 2B that run through Hubbard Road? Seems to make more sense just to widen existing Highway 73. What are impacts to residents on Hubbard Road? February 5 meeting was a waste of time. All residents on any road that will be impacted need a formal presentation, not a walk around event, where this is not enough information known by your staff to be able to address questions. We all need to hear the same thing and have your staff review the information only if they are very knowledgeable about it. This type of informal meeting where there is no presentation just alarms people when you have maps that show possible options but yet you really don't know which option you are taking and why or so it seemed. For any meetings coming up, you also need to overlay Vance Road Extension planned for 2022 that you made note of on page 1 at the bottom of your Feb. 5 meeting handout. It looks to cross over Hubbard Road in the same area as 2A and 2B so not clear as to how those will all tie in. Please include this in a more formal meeting that we can all attend. Thanks!
ReplyAgree8 days ago
Have jug handle turnoff's been considered? Where will these U-turns or turnoffs be located? Can we have a voice in the type of sound barriers that might be considered? The status of the use of "eminent domain" relating to homes located along 73 between Catawba and Blythe Landing Park.
ReplyAgree10 days ago