HUNTERSVILLE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation held a meeting Monday night to discuss two planned road projects that will impact the town of Huntersville.
Hundreds showed up to the 3-hour drop-in meeting at Meadowlake Church on Gilead Road. State officials explained two proposed plans that are subject to change and could be alerted based on feedback from the meeting.
One plan is the N.C. 73 Improvement Project that will improve the highway for 8.5 miles, spanning from Mecklenburg County to Lincoln County. The project is expected to start in 2020 and take two to three years to complete. Officials said land encroachment could be a problem, but impacted businesses and homes would be notified well in advance.
The second plan is the I-77 & NC 73 (Sam Furr Road) Interchange Project. The plan is to improve mobility and connectivity to along I-77. This project is drawing lots of attention because thousands of drivers use this road daily. Some of the changes include:
- Expanding Sam Furr Road to add lanes
- Building bypass bridges leading on/off I-77, near Sam Furr Road. This would allow drivers to access surrounding streets right without having to use Sam Furr Road
- Building roundabouts near the proposed bridges to keep traffic flowing.
This project is expected to start in 2020 and take two years to complete.