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 




Evaluate Environmental Impact and Select Preferred Alternative

March 2019  

Complete Final Environmental Document

August 2019  

Stakeholder Coordination


Begin Final Design Phase(s) 

Late 2019 (R-5721B)  

Begin Right of Way Acquisition** 


Spring 2020  


Spring 2021  

Begin Construction**

Spring 2023  


*  Schedules are subject to change

** Right of Way and construction schedules are based on the 2020-2029 STIP  


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


NCDOT held two rounds of public meetings:

  • February 5 and 6, 2018

  • October 16 and 18, 2018

NCDOT representatives were available to discuss the project and alternatives under consideration, as well as to answer questions.


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


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. 

NCDOT distributed a newsletter in April 2019 to announce the Preferred Alternative (Alternative 1 – widen existing N.C. 73) and to provide a general project update.

NCDOT is continuing to work with key stakeholders in order to address questions, concerns, and suggestions as we begin final design studies.


State Environmental Document

The State Environmental Assessment (EA) / Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) can be accessed 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 comments will be reviewed and suggestions/recommendations incorporated into designs where feasible. 




  Wilson Stroud, C.P.M

  Karen Reynolds

  David Robinson

 Co-Project Manager

Co-Project Manager

Environmental Planner

NCDOT Project Management Unit

NCDOT Project Management Unit

HDR, Inc.

1582 Mail Service Center

1582 Mail Service Center

555 Fayetteville St, Ste 900

Raleigh, NC  27699-1582

Raleigh, NC  27699-1598

Raleigh, NC 27601





Comments should be submitted through this website or emailed to  [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 

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