Engineering & Stormwater

Monroe Expressway ​

The N.C. Department of Transportation is constructing a controlled access expressway extending nearly 20 miles from U.S. 74 near I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 between the towns of Wingate and Marshville in Union County. The construction cost of this project is approximately $900 million. ​

U.S. 74 serves as an important commercial corridor for residents and businesses in Union and Mecklenburg counties as it gives retail, commercial, and employment centers in the area direct access to and from the route. The Monroe Expressway will improve mobility and capacity in the U.S. 74 corridor by allowing an option for the high-speed regional travel via fixed price gantry tolling.

Once complete, the Monroe Expressway will be operated by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. Substantial completion date for this project is November 27, 2018. ​

On September 25, 2017, NCDOT gave a facility overview and construction status briefing to the Town Council. The presentation is attached. Also attached is the hearing map for the expressway portion in the Stallings jurisdiction. Planning is underway on a proposal to widen East John Street and Old Monroe Road from Trade Street to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road in the towns of Matthews, Stallings, and Indian Trail (U-4714).​

Proposed work would improve traffic flow, reduce travel delays, and increase capacity for vehicles. Bicyclists and pedestrians would also have accommodations along the project corridor.

The proposed project, approximately 6.5 miles in length, is divided into three sections and estimated at a cost of $87.5 million:​

• Trade Street to I-485 in Matthews
• I-485 to Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road in Stallings
• Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road in Indian Trail​

The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration approved the Environmental Assessment (the document that evaluates the environmental effects of the project) in July 2016.

Stormwater​

Safe Storage and Disposal of Lawn & Garden Chemicals​

Spring is a beautiful time of year, as the cold of winter gives way to warmer temperatures and greener landscapes. If you use fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides to maintain your lawn and garden, now is the perfect time to prepare a safe holding area for these materials. Proper use of lawn and garden chemicals is important for ground water and environmental protection, human and pet safety, and for maintaining the effectiveness of these agents.​

Remember to use fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides sparingly. When their use is necessary, apply chemicals in recommended amounts and not in areas adjacent to streams or rivers. Also avoid application when the forecast calls for rain, as spring storms wash more polluted runoff down the storm drains.

Remember: everything washed or thrown into a storm drain flows directly to our streams and rivers.​

Lawn and garden chemicals should be:​

  • Kept in original containers and never mixed in an empty food container
  • Secure from pets and children
  • Kept in a dry, well-lit and well-ventilated area
  • Stored in a space large enough to allow separate spacing for herbicides, insecticides and fertilizer
  • Enclosed so spills cannot spread
  • Protected from extreme temperatures​

Proper disposal methods for lawn and garden chemicals and containers will vary depending on the product. Typically, empty plastic or glass containers should be wrapped in several layers of newspaper and placed in the trash.

Read the product label for complete instructions. To learn more about where to properly dispose of household hazardous waste like paints, solvents, and batteries, contact God Bless the USA Trash Service at 704-708-5872. Remember to never dispose of any pesticide in the sink, toilet, bathtub, sewer drain, or on the pavement or ground.​