CHARLOTTE -As work on the Shelby Bypass continues, crews have permanently closed a portion of Artee Road in Cleveland County so that it's no longer accessible tothrough traffic.
Artee Road is closed to through traffic between Plato Lee Road and Washburn Switch Road, meaning that motorists will no longer beable to use Artee Road as a connector route between the two roads. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained. A section of the Shelby Bypass is coming through that portion of Artee Road, necessitating the closure to through traffic.
Oncecompleted, the 18.5-mile bypass willextend west of Peachtree Road near Mooresboro to the existing U.S. 74 route west of Long Branch Road.The cost is estimated at $284.8 million for right of way, utility relocation and the construction of six sections.
This project is designed to help improve traffic flow, provide better access to the area and generate new economic development. Currently, travel through Shelby requires motorists to use U.S. 74, which has several traffic signals and residential driveways. The bypass will improve traffic flow through and around Shelby by providing a limited-access route without traffic signals.
The bypass will improve vehicle capacity of the U.S. 74 Corridor, reduce future traffic congestion, increase safety and improve roadway continuity between I-26 and I-85.