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.