NCDOT considers widening Statesville Rd. in Huntersville

- A discussion is underway to help alleviate traffic in the Huntersville area. The proposed plan would widen two sections of Statesville Rd.

"Whether it's one in the afternoon or five in the afternoon-- I'm always stuck in traffic," said Huntersville Resident Cortez Best.

It's a reality for the 20,000 to 30,000 drivers who travel on Statesville Rd. daily.

"It has caused problems for us, it's caused problems for Old Statesville Rd.," said Studio B Salon of Huntersville Co-Owner Barbara Perrigo.

"It's backed up the whole way," said Huntersville Resident Brianne Judy.  "You can't get from Gilead Rd. to Sam Furr Rd."

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is trying to alleviate that and make the area safer.

"It's a daily occurrence that clients that come from Charlotte, they can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour late with the backup of traffic on I-77 and then back here from Statesville Rd. to Gilead Rd.," said Perrigo.

Perrigo works in Huntersville Square, which is where Statesville Rd. and Gilead Rd. meet.

"It trickles off and it hits every back road there is," she said.  "We have people cut through the parking lot to get out of the way of other traffic and it causes a hazard here in the parking lot as well."

The proposed projects would widen two portions of Statesville Rd. from Gilead Rd. to Holly Point Drive and from Northcross Center Ct. to Westmoreland Rd.

"Widening it still dumps onto Gilead, which is a smaller road," said Perrigo.  "And with everything coming off 77, I don't know how that would help with that."

"I think it's a good idea to widen it," said Judy.  "For the long term, something needs to be done."

Crews predict construction wouldn't begin until the year 2021, and drivers worry about what kind of road woes they'd face in the meantime.

"We can have people stopped at this light as far as a mile or two down," said Perrigo.

"I wonder what that's gonna congest while they're widening it," Best said.

NCDOT predicts the number of drivers on Statesville Rd. daily will double by the year 2040.

Another meeting will be held at Huntersville Town Hall next Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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