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


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.  


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.


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.


  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




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

 Begin Right of Way Acquisition 


 Begin Construction





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 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 deadline: March 16, 2018.

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 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 any 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.


    February 5, 2018


    Meadowlake Church

      6501 Gilead Rd, Huntersville


 Begin Time

    4:00 P.M.

    End Time

    7:00 P.M.



   February 6, 2018


   East Lincoln 

   Community Center

     8160 Optimist Club Rd, Denver

 Begin Time

    4:00 P.M.

    End Time

    7:00 P.M.



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 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: March 16, 2018.



Wilson Stroud, C.P.M.                                                                                           

NCDOT Project Manager

Central Project Delivery Team

1582 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1582


[email protected]


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
Select a response
Do you have general comments you would like to give to the project team?
Is there a question you would like answered regarding the project?