Skip Navigation

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

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

​Preliminary engineering activities for portions of this project
have been temporarily suspended.
Read more.​​​

See below for latest project information.



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-5721A - N.C. 16 to Beatties Ford Road, Lincoln and Mecklenburg Counties (temporarily suspended)
  • R-5721B - Beatties Ford Road to West Catawba Avenue, Mecklenburg County
  • U-5765 - West Catawba Avenue to Northcross Drive, Mecklenburg County (temporariliy suspended. 


Interactive Vicinity Map

DISCLAIMER:  This information is intended for general reference only. 

NCDOT is not responsible for its accuracy or use. 

The corridor study area represents human and natural environment information gathering limits only.

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


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.

N.C. 73 is a regionally important route, being the only Catawba River crossing between N.C. 150 and N.C. 16.

Without improvements, by the year 2040 traffic is projected to increase to approximately 23,900-45,500 vehicles per day (vpd) on N.C. 73 between N.C. 16 and West Catawba Avenue (S.R. 5544) and 55,000-60,000 vpd between West Catawba Avenue and Northcross Drive.


The project study area has a variable width along N.C. 73 to account for environmental resources, major utilities, and recommendations from the Northwest Huntersville Transportation Study (2011) and the CRTPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) (2017).  Based on preliminary analyses, four-lane and six-lane roadway sections are proposed to accommodate future traffic volumes.  Minor improvements to intersecting roads are also proposed.


NCDOT has evaluated several alternatives for the N.C. 73 improvements:

  • Alternative 1:     This alternative would be a "Best-fit" widening along existing N.C. 73.
  • Alternative 2A:  This alternative would be a "Best-fit" widening along existing N.C. 73,  realignment in the vicinity of the McGuire Nuclear Station and Beatties Ford Road, resembling an alignment proposed in the local and regional plans.
  • Alternative 2B:   This alternative would be a "Best-fit" widening along existing N.C. 73, with a more shallow realignment option than Alternative 2A.


In Spring 2019, NCDOT and its regional, state, and federal agency partners selected the Preferred Alternative:  Alternative 1 – Best-fit widening along existing N.C. 73.






Estimated Cost*

Estimated Cost*

Project Development/Design

$3.0 Million

$0.5 Million

Right-of-Way & Utilities

$96.0 Million

$6.6 Million


$69.4 Million

$7.0 Million

Total Cost

$168.4 Million

$14.1 Million

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




  Complete Environmental Studies               Ongoing   
  Evaluate Environmental Impact and   Select Preferred Alternative November 2018   
  Complete Final Environmental       Document

December 2018   

  Begin Final Design Early 2019   

  Begin Right of Way Acquisition 

May 2020   

   Begin Construction

May 2022   




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.   


NCDOT held two public meetings on October 16 and 18, 2018.


 October 16, 2018


 Lake Norman 

 Baptist Church

  721 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville 


 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. 




 7:00 p.m.




 October 18, 2018


 Unity Presbyterian


 8210 Unity Church Road, Denver


 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.




 7:00 p.m.


NCDOT staff was available to discuss the corridor alternatives and crossections and to answer questions.   

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in any meetings.  Anyone requiring such services should contact Jamille Robbins ([email protected] / or 919-707-6085) as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.  

A meeting with local area residents was hosted by the Town of Cornelius on March 12, 2018.  NCDOT attended the meeting, presented project information, and answered questions from the public. 

A neighborhood meeting was held at the request of the Birkdale Homeowner’s Association on April 17, 2018.  NCDOT presented project information based on what was known at the time and answered questions from the public. 

The NCDOT project team will continue to review all feedback and explore options to incorporate suggestions and address concerns where and when feasible. 

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

Aquellas personas que 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.


R-5721/U-5765 Map 1 - N.C. 16 to Treetops Dr 

R-5721/U-5765 Map 2 - Club Dr to McGuire Nuclear Station

R-5721/U-5765 Map 3 - McGuire Nuclear Station Rd to Beatties Ford Rd

R-5721/U-5765 Map 4 - McGuire Nuclear Station Rd to Beatties Ford Rd - Alternative 2A

R-5721/U-5765 Map 5 - McGuire Nuclear Station Rd to Beatties Ford Rd - Alternative 2B

R-5721/U-5765 Map 6 - Sunset Drive to West Catawba Ave

R-5721/U-5765 Map 7  - Kenton/Glenfurness to Northcross Rd


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 comments will be reviewed and suggestions/recommendations incorporated into designs where feasible. 




  Wilson Stroud, C.P.M  Jamille Robbins

  NCDOT Project Manager

 Public Involvement,  Community   Studies &   Visualization Group   Leader

  Central Project Delivery Team

 Environmental Analysis Unit

  1582 Mail Service Center

 1598 Mail Service Center

  Raleigh, NC  27699-1582

 Raleigh, NC  27699-1598


  [email protected] [email protected]




The 2004 N.C. 73 Transportation/Land Use Corridor Plan contains transportation recommendations for a 35 mile corridor of N.C. 73, including the segments of N.C. 73 to be improved under STIP Projects R-5271 and U-5765.  The Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization Thoroughfare Plan (2004) proposed new roadways and other improvements in Mecklenburg and Union Counties.  It was amended in 2011 to include an N.C. 73/future Vance Road Extension.  In 2007 the Town of Huntersville adopted the Beatties Ford Road Small Area Plan, which proposed new roadways and incorporated the future multi-lane Vance Road Extension that follows a portion of Gilead Road (S.R. 2136) near Beatties Ford Road (S.R. 2196).     


The Northwest Huntersville Transportation Study (2011) combines the transportation recommendations contained in the Beatties Ford Road Small Area Plan and Mecklenburg-Union Thoroughfare Plan, including the realignment of N.C. 73 from the McGuire Nuclear Station east to Beatties Ford Road.  This plan is currently being updated and is anticipated to be complete in 2018.  The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2017) also includes the recommendation to realign N.C. 73. 


Project development studies for the N.C. 73 improvements began in 2016.  NCDOT has collected detailed information, conducted environmental studies, and met with numerous stakeholders to help define the project purpose, study area, and alternatives, as well as to identify ways to avoid/minimize impacts to the human and natural environment.  These projects are some of numerous NCDOT projects along N.C. 73 that are being considered to enhance regional east-west mobility along the corridor. 


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

If you would like to be added to the project mailing/email list, please provide the following:
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
Closed to responses
Do you have general comments you would like to give to the project team?
Closed for Comments
Is there a question you would like answered regarding the project?
Closed for Comments