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 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.  

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.

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.

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

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 

  R-5721 U-5765
  Activity         Estimated Cost*   Estimated Cost*
  Project Development & Design   $     2.3 Million  $    0.5 Million 
  Property Acquisition $   82.0 Million  $    4.4 Million 
  Construction    $   69.4 Million  $    7.0 Million 

  Total Cost

  $ 153.7 Million  $ 11.9 Million 

* Estimated Costs as shown in Current 2018-2027 STIP

   and are subject to change

TIMELINE

 Milestone

Date*

  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   

 

 

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 conduct two public meetings on October 16 and 18, 2018.

  Date

 October 16, 2018

  Location

 Lake Norman 

 Baptist Church

  721 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville 

  Open-House

 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. 

  Formal      

  Presentation

   

 7:00 p.m.

     

     

 Date

 October 18, 2018

   Location

 Unity Presbyterian

 Church

 8210 Unity Church Road, Denver

   Open-House

 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

   Formal       

  Presentation

 

 7:00 p.m.

 

NCDOT staff will be 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 Caitlyn Ridge at 919-707-6091 or [email protected] 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.

PUBLIC MEETING MAPS

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/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. 

Comment deadline: November 2, 2018.

 

PROJECT CONTACT INFORMATION

                                                                                          

  Wilson Stroud, C.P.M   Jamille Robbins  Mark Reep, P.E.  David Robinson

  NCDOT Project Manager

 Public Involvement,  Community   Studies &   Visualization Group   Leader  Project Manager  Environmental Planner

  Central Project Delivery Team

 Environmental Analysis Unit  HDR, Inc  HDR, Inc

  1582 Mail Service Center

 1598 Mail Service Center  555 Fayetteville Street Suite 900  555 Fayetteville Street Suite 900

  Raleigh, NC  27699-1582

 Raleigh, NC  27699-1598  Raleigh, NC 27601  Raleigh, NC 27601

  919-707-6045

 919-707-6085  919-900-1635  919-900-1646
  [email protected]  [email protected]  [email protected]  [email protected]

PROJECT HISTORY

 

 

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. 

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?
NCDOT Poll:
Is there a question you would like answered regarding the project?

Past Project Activity

Do you prefer one option over another?
  • 25 39% Alternative 1: Best-fit widening along existing N.C. 73
  • 23 36% Alternative 2A: Best-fit widening along existing N.C. 73 with realignment option further from existing N.C. 73
  • 12 19% Either is acceptable
  • 4 6% Alternative 2B: Best-fit widening along existing N.C. 73 with realignment option closer to existing N.C. 73.
73 is horrible during rush hour. Something needs to be done to accommodate the traffic. If a town is growing you have to grow with it.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
My name is Joel Bolton, and my home is one of the homes that will directly be affected by this. My home backs up to the white fence across from Blythe Landing. 15829 Kelly Park Circle. We have 2 young children that play all day in our yard, our backyard is their playground. Currently HWY 73 is very loud in our backyard and could be potentially dangerous with the speed that tractor trailers are flying up and down this road. We do have trees that help and make us fee safe. That is how it is currently. If you are going expand 73 to 4 lanes, this will completely devastate our quality of life here. That is assuming that you are going to take my backyard and put a highway in my backyard. I cannot even imagine how the noise level would be, given that the noise is already very loud. This would take my kids play area from them, and be way to dangerous to even be in our back yard (if we had one). The value of our homes would be drastically reduced. And the equity in our home is what we are counting on in the future as our most valuable asset. If this project is going to happen, than I would never want to live here. I would expect to be compensated for full value of my home (at current market value). We would also expect to be compensated for having to pick and move from the home and neighborhood that we planned on being in for a very long time. I can be reached at 704-806-2341. Thank you
ReplyAgree8 months ago
My name is Courtney Weaver and I live at 15823 Kelly Park Cir in Huntersville, NC. My husband and I and our two children have lived here for over 7 years, around 2,631 days. In those 2,631 days I have seen the traffic grow and grow, and now everyday in the morning and late afternoon, the traffic is at a stand still. At all other times of day the traffic is moving along so fast, well above speed limit because of the 1 mile straight away. It feels like living next to an interstate, the noise is terrible. When semi-trucks pass by it rattles the windows and shakes the house. So lets imagine the two lane road becomes a 4 lane superstreet. That's the plan right? There's not enough space to accommodate the plan, but the plan is necessary to carry the road through the year 2040, so that means you all will need some if not all of my backyard. Wow! What a dream come true!! My $350,000 home in a quaint Lake Area community with views of the lake is now sitting on a four lane state highway. Crazy! My husband and I did not buy this home with the idea of our two kids losing their play space, our dog losing his ability to roam, and honestly my husband and I losing value of our biggest asset because the town and the neighborhood don't like the DOT's plan. I think your plan is great! It totally makes sense. The added lanes and multi-use pathways would be such an asset to our community. But I don't want it in my backyard, literally. We would never be able to use our home again like we intended. So, as a homeowner in the impact zone for the widening of 73 project I believe that the project is necessary and that my home should be part of the full acquisitions of the project. Bullet point reasons:
1. The road is necessary for the growth of the community.
2. The current plan with the multi-modal pathways would be a benefit to the town.
3. The road will not fit in the current corridor behind my house on 73 and taking part of my small backyard is unacceptable.
4. My home would then back up to a 4 lane state highway making it unsafe for my family to use what if any backyard we would have left. Backing up to a road is completely different than road frontage. Road frontage means access and convenience and backing up to a road means lack of privacy and noise.
5. So please do the right thing and use your time and money wisely. Don't take any short cuts. Create the perfect space that would make the expansion last into 2040 or beyond. But please also make sure you do the right thing and offer those of us on the north side of Kelly Park Circle a full buyout. This would give us a clean break and you all a clean slate to create an amazing superstreet for the future. Thank you.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
I worry about this expansion so close to the water. The ecological impact cant possibly have any upside, and the literal downstream effects to Moutain Island Lake where we draw drinking water from, is simply a compounding worry. I add to this - our ability (those in live in direct proximity to the nuclear plan) to easily evacuate - and it all adds up to imploring you to move this to an alternative further to the south of the current 73 roadway.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
What about the evacuation route????
ReplyAgree8 months ago
2-A
ReplyAgree8 months ago
A real preference would be taking Alternative 2A and continue it through the woods and across the river, thereby not impacting any homes, fully minimizing any construction and environmental issues. Troy Purvis, [email protected]
ReplyAgree8 months ago
Hi, my address is 15823 Kelly Park Circle which backs up to 73. Please listen to the Birkdale homeowners with their houses on 73. We WANT you to take our homes. We do not want you to save our houses because there will be a 4 lane road in my backyard. The house value will take a huge dive. I would prefer to sell you the entire property and move onto another home. I do not want to deal with construction or the hazard of living next to an even busier, wider 73. Thanks for listening
ReplyAgree8 months ago
Thank you for the opportunity to review and comment on the alternatives being considered to improve traffic flow east and west on NC Highway 73, project R-5721. My property is situated at the southeast corner of Hwy 73 and Hubbard Road. Improvements to this major east-west corridor are long overdue. The lack of turn lanes has placed many a distracted driver in my front yard or on the back end of the car ahead. I recall one day as I was cutting the grass along the road with my back to the traffic; the tires squealed behind me as a pickup pulling a trailer took the ditch directly behind me to avoid the traffic that had stopped. Luckily for me I was at the end of the run and had turned south away from the road and the truck.
Alternate 1: Though widening Hwy 73 as proposed would impact my property, Alternative 1 is the shortest distance, smallest footprint and would not create an additional road to be maintained. Suggestions for this route would be to take advantage of the open space to the south side of the road and thus leave all the lake access homes and properties to the north as unscathed as possible.
Alternate 2 A: Though Alternate 2A would reroute traffic to the south and far behind my property, I would be concerned with the traffic that might remain on the old section of Hwy 73. If it remains connected on the east and west many drivers might continue to use it. Without improvements such as traffic lights and turn lanes the problems with distracted drivers running of the road into my yard might remain.
Suggestions for the Alt 2A route would be to fill the ponds and smooth the curves out rather than going around them. I am talking about the curve to the north above Alternate 2B. Alternate 2A should follow the same path as 2B at this location.
Another suggestion for the Alt 2A route is to look at ways to bring Alt 2A over to Gilead Road and Beatties Ford and allow the traffic from those two to go west or east from that point. You could cross under the power lines following the same route as Beatties Ford and relocate the Huntersville Fire Station in order to get a better route north and east across vacant land. There is a lot of land around the Gilead Road and Beatties Ford intersection that could be used to get traffic moving. Now drivers are waiting in line during peak periods and alternating cars to get on Beatties Ford Road to go North before going east or west. None of the alternatives presented offer a solution to that problem when it should be incorporated. All that Northbound traffic ends up on Hwy 73. It would be nice to see a creative solution at this location because there will be more and more traffic using these two roads in the future. Leaving that traffic in a logjam at rush hour after all this work would be a disservice to drivers.
Alternate 1A and 2A combine: Use Alt 1A, existing Hwy73 for westbound traffic and Alt 2A for eastbound traffic. This would negate the need for a median and allow a smaller roadway width and thus less impact on property owners. Property owners might be ok with such an approach if the distance traveled before being able to change directions is not too significant.
Thanks again for the opportunity to comment. You all have a tough job but I am confident you will do your best to improve the traffic flow on Hwy73 while considering an enormous amount of input.

Larry Howell (704-840-4915) Owner of 14228 Hwy73 Huntersville (Current address 1604 Mount Isle Harbor Drive, Charlotte, NC.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
As a resident of Kelly Park Circle in Birkdale, the NC DOT needs to either take full acquisition of my property or none. Partial is unacceptable. This is a family neighborhood who residents use our backyards as critical gathering places. NC DOT cannot expect to take only part of my backyard, drive a 4-6 lane highway right up against it, and then leave me to personally bear the negative impact to both my family's quality of life in the house and our 15+ year investment in the property.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
At no time should traffic be sent towards roads that have a school on them. The general public does not adhere to posted speed limits and increases the risk of our children. That should never be an option.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
I would like the option with the smallest median and no extra walking paths or corridors. I have never seen the existing sidewalk/bike path in use so I think this would be a waste and could potentially lead to individuals losing their homes for no reason. The smaller we can keep the road, the less impact it will have on the existing neighborhood and community. I am a resident in Birkdale (7802 Knox Ridge Road) and would like to see a smaller road with the least impact to our neighborhood.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
Either option 2A or 2B would have less of an impact on Lake Norman. I am very concerned about the impact of construction on the McGuire Nuclear Station Evacuation Plan. Options 2A or 2B would remove some of the construction away from the Evacuation Route. It will be critical that construction not impact Evacuation Route 73 as it exist.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
We need to focus on building now for the future traffic.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
Ridiculous, how are homeowners suppose to leave the home they love and start over.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
Yes, do the right thing. Protect current homes.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
I prefer a modified version of the road between Beatties Ford Rd. and West Cawtaba that does not destroy the homes and our school (Chesterbrook Academy). We don't need paths on both side and we don't need a median strip so wide. We want our homes over all of this. Thank you.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
DO NOT RUN THE ROAD THROUGH BIRKDALE
ReplyAgree9 months ago
I’m buried about the impact on the homes of Kelly Park Circle which homes are going to be torn down and will the roads are still be viable and heart how far will the actual Highway 73 be away from the houses that are still located on Kelly Park Circle
ReplyAgree9 months ago
I don't think there's been enough information provided to understand the impact of the expansion. I am firmly against this project if it has any impact on properties in Birkdale.
ReplyAgree9 months ago
Hi,

I am a Cornelius resident in the Sterling Pointe neighborhood about 1/2 mile inside of the western edge of R-5721. I wanted to share a few concerns and requests with you.

First, I understand that the LKN area continues to grow -- more people, more businesses and more traffic. Road expansion is inevitable. I accept that. However, it is important to my neighbors and me that quality of life and property valeus are a priority. We chose to live in Cornelius, and in Sterling Pointe in particular, because of its beauty and serenity. Sterling Pointe is a unique community. While the community is a collection of lovely homes and good people, we will not be confused with The Peninsula in Cornelius. We are not multi-million dollar homes. Nor are we C-level executives and law firm partners. We bought very nice homes with either retirement savings or working man jobs. These homes are significant investments for all the residents. Property values matter immensely here where a high percentage of net worth is tied up in our residences. As such, we need your help maintaining the quality of life and property value.

1. Four lanes not six southeast of Catawba. I understand the current thinking is four. That is what it should be. This is not a commercial area. This is not an extension of the Birkdale mixed retail and higher density apartment district. Unlike near Birkdale, where six lanes are planned as part of U-5865, homes in the R-5721 area front and abut NC-73. We purchased here with two lanes. Four is tolerable. Six lanes is a disaster and completely unwarranted.
2. Add a stoplight. While I understand this is currently not in the plans, the Windaliere/Norman View Lane intersection with NC-73 is highly trafficked as an exit point for many communities totaling well over 1000 homes. It will become more heavily trafficked as the road capacity increases. It would also protect the older members of my community in Sterling Pointe, and those exiting from the Huntersville side (Norman View Lane), in addition to the day care that is 50 feet off NC-73 on Norman View Lane as they attempt to enter a busy roadway. Furthermore, many joggers and bicyclists cross the street at our intersection.
3. Nearby turnarounds. If we do not get the stoplight, please provide a quick turnaround. We need that turnaround well before Blythe Landing so cars can head back north. Do not put us in the mix with the boat traffic entering and exiting Blythe Landing. We must have a turnaround before then. Likewise, a turnaround before Catawba is essential for those who need to circle back south to return home. As mentioned above, a stoplight at Windaliere/Norman View would be a far superior option.
4. Narrow median. I grew up in metro Detroit where our medians could serve as concrete basketball courts. They are large and ugly. Please keep the median narrow. That will minimize the concrete footprint reducing the green space that will need to be dedicated to the road. We want as much green on the sides preserved as possible. Second, with the median that you do have, make it attractive. Please don't make us pull out to a view of the tall grassy weed median like we see as we approach Birkdale from the West heading East. Nice landscaping. Grass and trees. Over time, this will grow into a pretty divide rather than a concrete median. Crape Myrtles are cheap and lovely.
5. Natural sound and sight barrier -- a tall berm. Currently NC-73 is separated from our community by a natural berm and rocks. Please retain a natural separation rather than an artificial one or none at all. Today the road noise is audible but faint. Being able to see and hear the cars and trucks will destroy property values for many in Sterling Pointe. You also don't want people slowing to get a glimpse at the lake activity -- a common source of bottlenecks on I-77 near Davidson. I saw mention of a 17 foot berm. Wonderful. The taller, the better.
6. Sidewalks off the berm. I support pedestrian greenways. I suspect that there will be one tied to this project. If there is, please keep any sidewalks off the berm. Today we have a sidewalk and it is not on the berm. With Sterling Pointe so close to the road, we already have vandalism and theft from people who walk into our neighborhood. If the sidewalk is on top of the berm, we will see an increase in crime in the neighbor from the few bad apples who see unmonitored boats, jet skis and a park.
7. No ugly sound barriers. Good lord, no highway sound barrier panels near Sterling Point, please. That would be a terrible eyesore. Keep it natural. A berm is the perfect solution.
8. No road sightlines. Please ensure that there are no views of the road from within the community (other than on approach to the entrance). Keep in mind that these are two story homes so please no sightlines to the road even when viewed from 15-20 feet high. "No road sightlines" even from 15-20 feet high is the status quo today so all I am asking is that you continue to respect that. We did not buy here to see the road. We want to feel separated from the road, even if it is close.

I thank you for your time and consideration. My family and I love NC, Cornelius and this community in particularly. We kindly ask that you continue to care for it the way that we do. Help the LKN area grow but do so without harming quality of life or property values.

Thank you,
Don Gualdoni
ReplyAgree9 months ago
I like option 2B the best because it would isolate traffic from current entrances. However i am concerned on what an intersection with McGuire Nuclear Station would look like with either option as there is a lot of traffic there especially during refueling outages.
ReplyAgree9 months ago
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
ReplyAgree9 months ago
I prefer the yellow alternative (away from HWY 73).
ReplyAgree9 months ago
I would see the bike lanes and extra median be taken out. I see no value to this on a 4 lane highway.
ReplyAgree9 months ago
LIke 2B but would take further south and west to intersect at Terry Lane or Babe Stilwell Road.
ReplyAgree9 months ago
Do you have general comments you would like to give to the project team?
This is the worst idea ever. Create a totally new highway like 321 one mile south of the 73/16 exit. Run that through the farm land with a connection to 77. Then you can have an actual "express lane" highway going East/West, with the possibility of expanding it in the future to 321 in Lincolnton. Doing so would take out so much of the East/West traffic on 73 today, and you would not have to impact so many homes. Even if it takes a little longer to build, it is worth it. Do the right thing. Protect these homes and neighborhoods.
Reply14 Agree8 months ago
Yes do the right thing and save our homes and lake
Reply7 Agree8 months ago
Where do you live? When you say our home, are you in the "demolition path, impact area"?
Reply6 Agree8 months ago
Acquiring land and building the bypass south of 73 makes perfect sense and would be less expensive. But since Danny Phiilps is greasing the palms of NC DOT head honchos it's already preordained that the 73 will be widened to increase his land value along Hwy 73. As always, the few will benefit at the expense of the many!
Reply4 Agree8 months ago
That farm land becomes a whole lot more valuable with a state highway running through the middle. Right??!!! After construction, he can sell off each piece as commercial property. I just hope Danny and all the powers at be remember that when it comes time for the final plan. Road front property, from a real estate perspective is always more valuable than having a 4 lane highway take up half of someones backyard. A total buyout for the homes on the 73 side of Kelly Park CIrcle is the best option. Speaking as one of the homeowners, we have a hard enough time as it is trying to sell our homes or even rent them with the road in its current state. Add two more lanes, the traffic doubles, and we are screwed. Do the right thing and offer us a full buyout!!!!
Reply10 Agree8 months ago
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.
Reply13 Agree9 months ago
So you want to demolish our homes and shopping stores for a bike lane? How about we demolish your house for a bike lane? Would you like that?
Reply7 Agree9 months ago
My home is in the impact area. I would rather my home be taken for a bike lane than a bike lane and 4 lane highway in back yard.
Reply8 Agree8 months ago
Our home is in the impact area also and I agree with you. We do not want to be any closer to the road than we are now. Would much rather house is taken.
Reply7 Agree8 months ago
Please put only 1 lane on each side of the current road. We don't want all the extra median strip and bike lanes. By only putting in 1 lane on each side, you save all those homes and businesses! We can't afford to have our property values cut in half because of this. How will be sell our homes (for the people that are left behind)? How about the people whose houses would have to be taken away from them? The speed limit does not have to be 45mph in order to make traffic flow smoothly. Look at West Catawba in Cornelius. There are 2 lanes on each side, with traffic lights, and the speed limit is 35mph. It works fine. Please don't destroy all of our lives!
Reply11 Agree8 months ago
Where do you live?? I am one of those houses that could be taken. I would rather my house be take than living on a 4 lane road and/or them taking half my backyard.
Reply9 Agree8 months ago
My home is in the impact zone on Kelly Park Circle. Please take my home. Our life WOULD be destroyed if you don't. Leaving our house and expanding the road while taking our yards and putting us closer to the road would bring our property value down which then in return would bring down the rest of the neighborhood. I mean seriously, it's common sense. The price tag on one dictates the price tag on others.
Reply7 Agree8 months ago
I personally would highly value a sidewalk/bike lane option, and think it would increase property values compared to not including a bike lane. It would certainly make the new widened "expressway" more appealing to live by.

NCDOT- please be sure to consider those who would prefer to not be so reliant on cars.
Reply1 Agreeone month ago
YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE UP SO MUCH SPACE. You can save our homes and save money by reducing the width of the median. Having 110 feet plus is ridiculous. In the city of Asheville, they have the same issues and are able to put in 4 land roads, with a smaller median, and bike lanes/ walking paths for less than 75 feet.

Please look at shifting the road a little closer to the lake and then reduce the median to only a few feet.

I realize you would like to build a super highway, but we can help the flow of traffic greatly, plus save all the homes, plus save a lot of money for right of way acquisition if we don't go overboard on the width. We don't need all of what you are proposing in order to solve the traffic problem.

Super highways are great in underdeveloped areas, but we have established mature residential communities here, and we can work with you to help solve the traffic problem and save our homes.

Thank you
Reply10 Agree8 months ago
I ask because, do you consider living in a four lane road a win?
Reply6 Agree8 months ago
Is your home in the impact zone (orange line)?
Reply6 Agree8 months ago
Where do you live??
Reply6 Agree8 months ago
This expansion needs bike lanes. Riding on Route 73 is unsafe to both cyclists and drivers because it is so narrow and no real shoulder.
Reply9 Agree9 months ago
How will this impact the Birkdale community? The map seems to indicate one side of Kelly Park Circle will be demolished. Is this 100% accurate? What about the houses on the other side of the street? Will they be compensated for depreciation of value? Will sound barriers be built? How will those in the Birkdale community be able to exit the community out of Lake Norman View and turn West? There's been very little communicated about this project other than a map displayed at the community meetings, which is very concerning.
Reply9 Agree9 months ago
As one of the homeowners on the 73 side of Kelly Park Circle...we would prefer a full buyout. Living 50 ft or less to 4 lane highway is unacceptable.
Reply8 Agree8 months ago
We are in the impact area and most definitely prefer being bought ought by the state rather than live any closer to 73 than we do at present. Please, for our sakes, disregard the comments of those who apparently did not bother to attend either public meeting and/or demonstrate no understanding of the acquisition process and laws pertaining thereto.
Reply8 Agree8 months ago
Between Beatties Ford and West Catawba please have a modified version of the road where you don't have a wide median strip. Have a median of just a couple feet, not 23'-35' feet. That is excessive. Saving all that footage will save the homes.
Reply8 Agree8 months ago
I live in one of the homes you speak of. We would rather not live on a 4 lane highway at all. Your comments could very well affect what happens to my home and backyard. How would you feel if you lived where I do and this was happening to you?
Reply8 Agree8 months ago
My house is in the orange line, the projected path of impact. Please make this road as wide as possible so we can get a buyout for my home. Having a 4 lane within a few feet of my backdoor makes the backyard unusable. I'm not sure I could rent it out or sell it.

The consensus of those on 73 is that we want a total buyout. Others in the Birkdale neighborhood want you to save the homes - you should probably listen most to those directly affected by the expansion.

I can't let my 2 kids or a dog in the backyard knowing a car could crash through the barrier hitting them or the house.

Putting a 4 lane road that close to houses is 100% unsafe. Take the house and start with a clean slate.
Reply7 Agree8 months ago
As a resident of the north side of Kelly Park Circle and Birkdale, we ask that you consider us in your plans. We already live with our backyards next to busy 73 and it gets busier everyday. Your preliminary plans call for a super street including multi-modal pathways for the community of Huntersville, Cornelius, and Denver to utilize. The access would be great for the area. However, it does mean it will affect our homes. But we believe that adjusting the plan would only be a detriment to everyone. It may not accommodate the amount of traffic projected and then changes would need to be made again. Please consider a "go big or go home" plan. You might as well do it right the first time. Yes, to multi modal pathways, lanes needed and safe u turn/jug handle options with reasonable distance for residents.
Reply6 Agree8 months ago
The cost of widening route 73 will never be less expenssive than it is now. It is almost always less expensive to widen one time rathern than to do it in stages as traffic congestion continues to grow. The widening of 73 from I-85 will funnel significant additional traffic onto 73.
Reply6 Agree8 months 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.
Reply6 Agree9 months 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
Reply5 Agree9 months ago
Very concerned that every option runs right through Community in Christ Lutheran Church's buildings and preschool. We have over 300 families in the congregation and 60 children in the preschool. Is there a way to widen without tearing down the church?
Reply4 Agree8 months 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.
Reply4 Agree9 months 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.
Reply4 Agree9 months ago
David MeachamConsider an alternative that starts at McGuire Stop Light, following the 500 KV line to stoplight at Sam Furr and McDowell Creek. This alternative could use pole type transmission poles instead of lattice type towers. This alternative is being on Hwy 211 near Southport NC and other NC locations. This Alternative will combine and minimize environmental impacts and reduce Duke Energy's right-a-way maintenance expenses.

Super Side Streets is a group of neighbors near Henry Lane to Terry Lane working together on comments and communication. Please let David Meacham (704-402-6782 or [email protected]) know if want to join this group.
Reply3 Agree6 months ago
worry about this expansion so close to the water. The ecological impact cant possibly have any upside, and the literal downstream effects to Moutain Island Lake where we draw drinking water from, is simply a compounding worry. I add to this - our ability (those in live in direct proximity to the nuclear plan) to easily evacuate - and it all adds up to imploring you to move this to an alternative further to the south of the current 73 roadway.
Reply3 Agree8 months ago
NCDOT's new love of "superstreets" is a horrible development for suburban areas. It's not quite an interstate, but it's not quite a friendly neighborhood road, either. It will encourage high-speed travel where those kind of speeds are not appropriate, despite whatever they throw on a speed limit sign. This could be a nice boulevard-type road, with a planted median and protected left turns and slightly narrower lanes that naturally slow traffic down. It COULD be a desirable, pleasant asset for the adjoining neighborhoods. A "superstreet" is just an ugly highway that will destroy values of the adjacent properties.
Reply3 Agree8 months ago
A super street is like the section of Sam Furr near Cambridge Grove and the Hamptons. That is a nice boulevard type road, and the traffic never backs up. Regarding the speed limit, I live on the 73 side of Kelly Park circle in Birkdale and because of the straightaway, cars are definitely going faster than the speed limit. More like 55 plus. So I would rather not have 4 lanes of that in my backyard. We are asking for a full buyout of the Nortb Side of Kelly Park Circle. For our family's safety.
Reply6 Agree8 months ago
Please reduce the width of the median and only make one bike path outside of Birkdale at Norman View Lane. The Birkdale neighborhood is such an asset to Huntersville and it would be a shame to displace any more homes than is absolutely necessary. My family and I are avid walkers & bikers, but having bike paths on both sides of 73 is overkill.
Reply3 Agree8 months ago
I live in one of the homes on Kelly Park Cir that is in the impact zone. While the idea of eliminating a bike lane seems like a good idea to you, it actually would be the difference between my home being acquired or my kids and family having no backyard. How would you feel if you actually lived where I do?
Reply7 Agree8 months 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.
Reply3 Agree9 months 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.
Reply3 Agree9 months ago
David MeachamPlease provide updated Maps and information for the 10-16 and 10-18 Meetings.
Reply2 Agreeone month ago
Live in impacted area of Kelly Park Circle....want full buy out
Reply2 Agree4 months ago
I live in impact area of Kelly Park Circle. Agree that taking homes along that stretch makes most sense. Taking 50 feet of those homes back yards would devastate property value of those in impact area...which is not right
Reply2 Agree4 months ago
A real preference would be taking Alternative 2A and continue it through the woods and across the river, thereby not impacting any homes, fully minimizing any construction and environmental issues. Troy Purvis, [email protected]
Reply2 Agree8 months ago
We strongly recommend Alternative 2A because it will save lives, animal and human - wildlife habitats, highway workers, drivers, and riders. As shown by I-77 traffic, expressways and interstates have constant and often major congestion causing accidents whenever the lake is visible from these highways. For this section of Highway 73, we have a viable, sensible alternative to move the highway away from the lake. This current section of highway 73 is already often congested and backed up for miles. Also, please save us the nightmare of construction per Alternative 1, causing this congestion to be much worse (backing up traffic for even more miles).
What an opportunity the Alternative 2A provides us - the new section of road can be developed easier, faster, and much more SAFELY. Consideration should be given to ALL of the homes, schools, businesses and athletic fields/events that have to enter onto highway 73 ensuing accidents versus the access of a frontage-type road (old highway 73).
Please save our wildlife. This area of the lake is home to herons, loons, ducks, osprey, eagles. We have watched these birds thrive on our lake for the 30 plus years we have lived here. Our hope is not to have construction and expressway traffic close to their homes, thereby disrupting their specialized habitat.
There is a viable, sensible, and obvious option (Alternative 2A) for this section of highway 73. Please approve Alternative 2A for our wildlife, for our people (those that live, work, learn, and travel on highway 73 as well as your own road construction workers).

Troy Purvis, [email protected]
Reply2 Agree8 months ago
Either option 2A or 2B would have less of an impact on Lake Norman. I am very concerned about the impact of construction on the McGuire Nuclear Station Evacuation Plan. Options 2A or 2B would remove some of the construction away from the Evacuation Route. It will be critical that construction not impact Evacuation Route 73 as it exist.
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Reply2 Agree8 months 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.
Reply2 Agree9 months 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.
Reply1 Agree9 months 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.
Reply1 Agree9 months 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.
Reply1 Agree9 months ago
James VelardiFind an area without affecting homes
ReplyAgree2 months ago
David MeachamStatus or date for Design Public Meeting (Spring 2018).
ReplyAgree3 months ago
Charles ShallishCharles ShallishFor Safety 2a makes the most sense there is two routes instead of one, for everyday traffic and emergency vehicles. Smothe traffic flow and less congestion,less expense in land accusation. Fewer people being displaced from their homes.
ReplyAgree6 months ago
There is an idea for the intersection at north cross. You can not make a left turn unless you go through the shopping center. In Henrietta NY there is an overpass for the mall section that was ideal, it would be worth a look. West Henrietta Rd and Jefferson Rd.


ReplyAgree8 months ago
How much of this project is a done deal and the affected residents are being ignored because those in power believe this is the best thing to do? How many on this review board are affected by the project. My sense is none. Sorry to be so cynical, but it's power and politics.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
No one seems to be concerned about the impact to the McGuire Nuclear Station Emergency Plan. It would be hard to evacuate the Emergency Zone with traffic the way it is. Add a construction zone and I believe it might be impossible. I am sure the Nuclear Regulatory Commission needs to have a say in how and where the construction of RT 73 will occur.
ReplyAgree8 months ago
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?
Reply12 Agree9 months ago
The state only provides monetary compensation for property owners that have land/ structures taken away. That compensation is based on what the state believes the market value is. This is oftentimes very different from what the actual market value is if you speak to a realtor.

Basically, you will take a very bad hit to the value of your home if they don't do something like scale back their design, or push the levy a few feet over. Pushing the levy over might work since the lake of the other side dries up every summer.
Reply5 Agree8 months ago
Talk about cost. Pushing the levee back would be exorbitant. If you don't actually live on 73 or are in the impact zone, then the only thing you would need to worry about as far as devaluing goes, is the idea that the people in those homes are going to want to move and possibly rent them out or end up selling them for a drastically reduced price. Because who would want live with a 4 lane highway literally in their backyard.
Reply6 Agree8 months ago
unless you refuse DOT offer and have attorney negotiate a fair price.......that's what I am doing.....can't trust the DOT at all!
Reply1 Agree6 months ago
Why do you have the road running right though several neighborhoods, and through a school, and running right through Harris Teeter? Is this map accurate? If you want to make a "highway", then have it end at Beatties Ford Road and just put in 1 additional lane on each side of the street so you don't demolish all the homes and don't ruin the property value of the people who are stuck behind. Better yet, run the new road SOUTH of the lake and the current location. That is farmland and not residential!!!!!
Reply10 Agree9 months ago
I live in a home that backs up to 73. Out perferred is a buy out. We don't want a tossed any larger taking up our backyard. It would be unsafe for our family and children to use.
Reply7 Agree8 months ago
There should be no bike lanes at all. Are you seriously going to destroy entire housing communities and and kick out those residents and destroy the property values of the remaining houses that are not bought because of some stupid bike lanes?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Reply8 Agree9 months ago
I live in one of the house you are referring to "kicking us out". But actually if the road takes up any of my backyard, then my home becomes less valuable which return makes my neighbors homes less value. A full buy out would create a reasonable distance to the homes left and those homes would then not be subject to potential renters or low sales.
Reply9 Agree8 months ago
Please consider not putting bike lanes and walking paths on both sides of the street. Have already have a walking path and it is not used. People walk in the neighborhoods, not next to a busy street.
Reply3 Agree8 months ago
I live in a home that backs up to 73. People do use the walking path that connects to Blythe Landing. I see them everyday from my living room.
Reply8 Agree8 months ago
The current walking path isn't used by residents on the south of 73 because they aren't able to access the path. Crossing 73 isn't a safe option, especially for families. If there was a trail on the south side it would have a higher likelihood of being used by the Birkdale community.
Reply7 Agree8 months ago
In addition, the current sidewalk doesn't run west past Blythe Landing, so families there (including mine) are unable to easily access the walking paths, as walking along the shoulder of the current NC 73 is very unsafe. We would likely use them 3-4x a week if available, and highly value their addition in this new project.
Reply1 Agreeone month 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!
Reply2 Agree9 months ago
Are you putting in a noise barrier for the impact of traffic on 73 near Glenn Furness? How does one safely cross the new six-lane road at or near Glenn Furness to access Birkdale Village? Why do you need two additional lanes? Why does the median need to be so wide?


Why do you have the road running right though several neighborhoods, and through a school, and running right through Harris Teeter? Is this map accurate? If you want to make a "highway", then have it end at Beatties Ford Road and just put in 1 additional lane on each side of the street so you don't demolish all the homes and don't ruin the property value of the people who are stuck behind. Better yet, run the new road SOUTH of the lake and the current location. That is farmland and not residential!!!!!
Reply1 Agree8 months ago
The potential impact area lines go through Community in Christ Lutheran church. Does that necessarily mean that building will be demolished? Or can "impact" mean something less severe? How is compensation determined when it's a church?
Reply1 Agree8 months 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?
Reply1 Agree9 months 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.
Reply1 Agree9 months ago
I think 73 should stay as it is. Its only about 11 to 20 ft wider on each side. I don't think they need the median and it would be much faster and cheeper to build.
ReplyAgree7 months 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.
ReplyAgree9 months ago
After attending the Cornelius Town meeting Monday night where DOT representatives were there. They did say that jug handles would be considered for the u turns. And I live in one of the homes that backs up to 73. We would prefer a full buyout. Our yards are already small. So taking from them would only create a hardship and be unsafe to live next to a 4 lane highway.
Reply6 Agree8 months ago