The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin
work on the widening of Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) in Charlotte at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 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.
Devere Construction will start work on the outside shoulders of the eastbound
lanes between Sharon Amity Road and Conference Drive, which will need to be
strengthened to carry heavier volumes of traffic during the initial phase of
the project. Lane closures will be necessary to complete this work safely, and
will be scheduled at night to minimize impact to traffic. Motorists can expect
these closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday. The contractor
will perform the same work on the westbound lanes in about a week.
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
project is scheduled to be completed in October 2016.
reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and
obey the posted speed limit.
real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on
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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).