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East John Street and Old Monroe Widening

  • Project Area Map (275kb)
  • Project Fast Facts
    • Status: Projects Under Development
    • County: Mecklenburg, Union
    • Type of Project: Roadway Widening
    • STIP Number: U-4714
    • Estimated Cost: $87.5 million
    • Property Acquisition Start: 2020
    Photos & Videos

    East John Street and Old Monroe Road Visualization

    East John Street and Old Monroe Widening

    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 in Matthews
    • I-485 to Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road in Stallings
    • Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road in Indian Trail

    Project Highlights

    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.

    Project History

    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/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.

    Town officials, planning/engineering department staffs and transportation representatives 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.

    Public Involvement

    NCDOT held a public hearing in Matthews on Tuesday Oct. 11, 2016, at which time NCDOT representatives received feedback from the community and answered questions about the project.

    The community was also encouraged to submit feedback during a public comment period, which ended Nov. 11, 2016.

    All comments – regardless of how they are submitted – hold equal weight and will be reviewed by the NCDOT project team (including NCDOT staff and other agency partners), which will continue to develop the project as planned to the Final Design.

    Copies of the comments are available upon request.

    The maps and materials presented at the public hearing are available below for review:

    East John Street Map

    East John Street/Old Monroe Road Map

    Old Monroe Road Maps

    Public Hearing Materials

    Project Timeline

    Milestone Date*
    Environmental Assessment approved July 2016
    Public Hearing Oct. 11 2016
    Final environmental document 2017
    Begin right of way acquisition 2020
    Construction contract awarded 2022

    * Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

    Project Documents

    Contact Information

    Elmo Vance Jr.
    Project Development Engineer
    (919) 707-6048
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    1548 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

    Stuart Basham
    Division Planning Engineer
    Highway Division 10
    (704) 845-1151
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    12033 East Independence Boulevard
    Suite F
    Matthews, NC 28105

    Bryan C. Key, P.E.
    Roadway Design Engineer
    (919) 707-6263
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    1582 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

    Resources for Local Property Owners

    In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.