Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to improve U.S. 74 from Mooresboro to the Shelby Bypass in Cleveland County, a distance of approximately 1.2 miles. The proposed work would include:

  • Closing driveway access along U.S. 74
  • Replacing the current intersection of U.S. 74 and Academy Street/Lattimore Road with an interchang.
  • Replacement of the U.S. 74 Bridges over Sandy Run Creek.

The project is federally funded and included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as Project Numbers R-4045 and BR-0012.

Responses to questions received during comment period 

Project Highlights

U.S. 74 currently meets freeway standards from Columbus at I-26 to Kings Mountain at I-85 with the exception of the Shelby Bypass, currently under construction and this 1.2-mile segment between the bypass and Mooresbor. This remaining segment does not meet the long-term vision of a freeway and lacks continuity with the freeway and negatively affects driver expectations and safety. The intersection of U.S. 74 with Academy Street and Lattimore Road has a historical pattern of frontal impact crashes. The U.S. 74 Bridges over Sandy Run Creek are rated structurally deficient and need to be replaced. 

Structurally Deficient  bridges are safe, however, they have components that are deteriorating. They require significant maintenance to remain in service and might require limits on vehicle weights. To fully address the issues on a poor condition bridge, extensive rehabilitation or replacement is usually required.

Project History

The project has been in the State Transportation Improvement Program since 2000.   Activity on the project stopped and started several times until funding was secured in 2018.  In 2018 coordination began with local government including the Town of Mooresboro and Cleveland County as the project began to develop.   Since that time, Environmental Studies and Preliminary Design were developed recently completed.  The project is now moving into the public involvement phase.

Alternative 1 and 1A

Alternative 2 and 2A

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After viewing the two alternatives, do you have a preference?

I prefer Alternative 1
I prefer Alternative 2
I have no preference
Closed to responses

Service Road Options

Option 1                                          Option 2                                          Option 3


Additional Service Roads Being Studied 

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After viewing the three Options for the service road, please rank them in order of preference.

Click on the options and drag them into the order of your preference (favorite at the top).

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In the area of E. Main Street at U.S. 74, two service roads ae being studied, one on either side of U.S. 74.
How supportive are you of the construction of these two service roads?

Very supportive
Not supportive
Closed to responses

Project Funding:



 Funded costs Costs*

  Project Development & Design

$      600,000

  Property Acquisition

$   16  Million

  Construction Cost

$ 45.2 Million

  Total Cost

 $ 61.8 Million

        *Funded costs are subject to change. 

Project Timeline:




Public Meeting

August 2022

Alternative Selection

Fall 2022

Environmental DocumentWinter 2022

Right-of-Way Acquisition Begins

August 2023

Construction Begins

August 2023

* Future dates subject to change. 


NCDOT accepts comments throughout all planning, design, and construction phases of project development.

All comments will be taken into consideration, and carry equal weight, regardless of submittal method.

Comments for consideration during the current phase of project development were submitted by September 8, 2022.

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Would you like to be added to the project email list?

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Do you have questions or comments on the overall project?

Closed for Comments


Bryan Sowell, PE

Project Engineer

NCDOT Highways Division 12

PO Box 47

Shelby, NC  28151-0047


John Williams

Consultant Project Manager


8601 Six Forks Road

Raleigh, NC  27609


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.  

Right-of-Way Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

Right of way Acquisition Process Videos

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