Project Overview and Purpose
Planning and development are underway to widen approximately 6.5 miles of East John Street and Old Monroe Road – from Trade Street to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road – in the towns of Matthews, Stallings and Indian Trail.
Proposed work would improve traffic flow, reduce travel delays and allow for more vehicles to travel in the area. Bicyclists and pedestrians would also have accommodations along the project corridor.
Work would be divided into three sections:
- Trade Street to I-485 interchange in Matthews
- I-485/John Street interchange rebuild
- I-485 through the town of Stallings to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road in Indian Trail
Environmental Assessment Approved
The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration approved the Environmental Assessment (49.5mb) – a document that evaluates the environmental effects of the project – in July 2016.
The document is an important milestone in the project planning and development process as it examines potential environmental impacts and benefits of the proposed widening improvements for East John Street and Old Monroe Road.
Final Environmental Document Underway
The Environmental Assessment process concludes with the Finding of No Significant Impact, the decision document that presents the reasons why the state and federal agencies have concluded that there are no significant environmental impacts associated with completion of the project.
The Finding of No Significant Impact will identify the preferred design option – referred to as the preferred alternative – as well as identify mitigation, respond to comments received and detail changes to the project since the Environmental Assessment.
The Finding of No Significant Impact is currently being prepared and upon completion, NCDOT will move forward with final design, acquisition of required permits, right of way acquisition and construction.
Transportation representatives have organized several events in an effort to get public input.
In August 2013, the project team held a three-day planning event, known as a design charrette, to seek input to the design options, or alternatives that would be considered for the project. Stakeholders from Matthews, Stallings and Indian Trail attended to express their opinions on how the corridor should look and function.
Town officials, planning and engineering department staffs and transportation representatives have also met at quarterly meetings and held a symposium to discuss the planning process and potential design elements for the project.
The NCDOT project team held public meetings – on Jan. 21, 2014, and Oct. 11, 2016, for residents to learn more about the project and to give feedback.
NCDOT has worked diligently to address concerns expressed at the 2016 public hearing and continues to work collaboratively with local jurisdictions to address issues, refine functional design and carry the project forward.
Indian Trail Area Project Update Meeting
The N.C. Department of Transportation held a meeting on Sept. 21, 2017, in Indian Trail at which time NCDOT representatives gave an update on the portion of the project within the Town of Indian Trail. The public was invited to review the updated project design.
The meeting materials are available below for review:
The public can provide feedback online or at the address listed below until Oct. 20, 2017.
NCDOT-PEDA – Human Environment Section
1598 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699
Matthews Area Project Update Meeting
The N.C. Department of Transportation held a meeting on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Matthews at which time NCDOT representatives provided an update on the portion of the project within the Town of Matthews.
Public comment on the project was taken until Aug. 15, 2017.
The maps and documents presented at the meeting are available below for review:
Documents and Maps for Public Review
Public Meeting/Hearing Materials
|Environmental Assessment approved
||Oct. 11, 2016
|Final environmental document
|Right of way acquisition begins for I-485/John Street interchange rebuild
|Construction begins for I-485/John Street interchange rebuild
|Right of way acquisition begins for Trade Street to I-485 and I-485 to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road
|Construction begins for Trade Street to I-485 and I-485 to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
East John Street Map
East John Street/Old Monroe Road Map
Old Monroe Road Maps
Public Hearing Materials
Elmo Vance Jr.
Project Development Engineer
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Division Planning Engineer
Highway Division 10
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12033 East Independence Boulevard
Matthews, NC 28105
Bryan C. Key, P.E.
Roadway Design Engineer
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1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582
Resources for Local Property Owners
Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.