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NCDOT will begin setting barrier walls on Independence Boulevard in Mecklenburg County

Intermittent lane closures will start Sunday night

CHARLOTTE- The N.C. Department of Transportation will continue work on the widening of Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) in Charlotte at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 16, weather permitting. This work is part of the $51.2 million improvements to two miles of Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) from Albemarle Road to Wallace Lane in Charlotte.

Contractor Devere Construction will start placing barrier walls in the median, requiring intermittent lane closures to complete the work safely. Crews will begin in the eastbound lanes between Sharon Amity Road and Conference Drive, and will work at night to minimize impact to traffic. Motorists can expect these closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Crews will switch to the westbound lanes at 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, following the same schedule.

Once the barrier walls are in place, motorists will not be able to make left turns at the following locations:

  • U.S. 74 West:
    • Wallace Lane
    • Conference Drive
    • Ashmore Drive
    • Glendora Drive
    • Charleston Drive
  • U.S. 74 East:
    • Farmingdale Drive
    • Wallace Lane

Left turns will be permitted at the signalized intersections of Sharon Amity Road and Idlewild Road.

This project will convert this section of Independence Boulevard to an expressway, removing existing traffic signals at Sharon Amity Road and Idlewild Road. The existing six-lane roadway will be widened to include four general purpose lanes and one bus lane in each direction. Bridges, or grade separations, will be built at interchanges with Sharon Amity Road, Idlewild Road, and Conference Drive.

The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2016.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

For more information, please contact the senior resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. More details on the project are on the" U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements" project page (U-209B).


2/19/2018 7:50 AM