The proposed project is a 19.7-mile long new location roadway from US 74 at I-485 in eastern Mecklenburg County to US 74 between the towns of Wingate and Marshville in Union County.
Latest News and Updates
The North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) is proposing to build a 19.7-mile long roadway on new location beginning near U.S. 74 in eastern Mecklenburg County, terminating between Wingate and Marshville in Union County. The NCTA has been working closely with the Federal Highway Administration and with other units within NCDOT to address the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in May 2012, which suspended construction activities on the project.
On November 8, 2013, the draft supplemental final environmental impact statement (EIS) was approved, and preparations are in progress to develop the final supplemental documents. Several public meetings are scheduled in December to inform interested citizens of next steps. Details are available below.
December Public Meetings
November 15, 2013: NCDOT has been working in close coordination with other units of NCDOT and FHWA to prepare additional documentation to respond to the Circuit Court’s concerns. The Draft Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project was signed by NCDOT and FHWA on November 8, 2013 and is now available for public review. Links to the sections of the Draft Supplemental Final EIS and supporting documents are provided below. NCDOT will be hosting one Open House and two combined Open House/Public Hearings on December 9, 10, and 11 to provide updates on the project and receive comments on the Draft Supplemental Final EIS.
April 30, 2013: NCDOT announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) withdrew the project’s 404 environmental permit until an updated construction timetable is established.
NCDOT will need to reapply for this permit before construction of the road begins because it is a requirement for road projects that cross water or wetlands. NCDOT will coordinate with the USACE once the environmental study is complete and construction activities are able to resume.
May 22, 2012: NCDOT announced today that it intends to file a petition for rehearing with the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the proposed Monroe Bypass.
NCDOT prevailed in the initial suit filed by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) challenging the environmental documents for the Monroe Bypass. SELC filed an appeal to the 4th Circuit, and a three-judge panel of the court on May 3 overturned the lower court decision. The petition for rehearing seeks a review by the full circuit court of the legal analysis arising out of technical data and facts that the state believes the higher court panel misunderstood.
The Appeals Court will decide whether or not to rehear this case. In the meantime, and out of an abundance of caution, the N.C. Turnpike Authority (NCTA) will begin a review of the issues detailed in the panel’s opinion and determine what, if any, additional environmental study might be necessary. During this data review process, NCTA will engage a variety of experts to assist in the data analysis and explanation. In the meantime, NCTA will suspend most work on the project until it is legally prudent to move forward.
NCTA will host a community meeting in the coming weeks to answer questions regarding this project and how this process will impact the current timeline. The time, date and location of that meeting have not been determined yet.
Property owners who have questions should contact their Right of Way Agent directly or call (704) 893-0131 or email email@example.com.
Additional project details are available at:
- Currently, no recent news releases.
|Draft Supplemental Environmental Document
|Public Comment Period on Draft Supplemental Environmental Document
|Final Supplemental Environmental Document / Record of Decision
Project Overview and Purpose
Existing US 74 serves as an important commercial corridor for Union and Mecklenburg County residents and businesses, with many retail, commercial, and employment centers having direct access to/from US 74.
The Monroe Bypass will improve mobility and capacity within the project study area by providing a facility for the US 74 corridor that allows for high-speed regional travel consistent with the designations of the North Carolina Strategic Highway Corridor program and the North Carolina Intrastate System, while maintaining access to properties along existing US 74.
Draft Supplemental Final EIS
Draft Supplemental Final EIS, November 2013 (by Section)
Final EIS May 2010 (by Section)
Draft EIS March 2009 (by Section)
Corridor/Design Public Hearing Maps
- Project Hotline:    (919) 707-2700
- Email:    firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: 1578 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC 27699-1578
Right of Way questions:
N.C. Turnpike Authority
- Email:   email@example.com
- Phone:   (919) 707-2716
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.