Federal approval moves project forward
CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation today reached a milestone as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued the Record of Decision for the 19.7-mile Monroe Connector Bypass, a new roadway that will span from I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 near Marshville in Union County.
This move allows NCDOT to immediately resume purchasing right of way, conducting permitting work and developing the final design for the project.
"We're pleased that FHWA has allowed us to restart work on this critical project," said NCDOT Chief Engineer Mike Holder. "It will help greatly reduce congestion and provide a strategic connection between eastern Union County and Charlotte, a major economic center."
Construction on the project is scheduled to start in late 2014 or early 2015.
This environmental documentation is required under the National Environmental Policy Act. This law requires federal agencies to incorporate environmental standards into decision-making processes, consider the environmental impacts of projected actions and present practical alternatives to those actions.
The Monroe Connector Bypass website contains additional project details and offers a resource section of archived information from previous studies and public meetings.