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NC 73 Transportation/Land Use Study Map
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The NC 73 Corridor is an east-west highway that serves rapidly growing areas within Cabarrus, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties.

The three participating counties and five municipalities (Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Kannapolis) teamed with regional planners, business organizations, consultants and NCDOT to design a comprehensive land-use, urban design and transportation plan that incorporated existing and anticipated land use and transportation patterns for the eight local governments along the corridor.

Most importantly, the plan was tailored to meet the needs and demands of individual communities, while also promoting cohesion along the entire corridor. Issues addressed in the study include: future land use projections, needed roadway improvements on NC 73 and adjoining roads, right-of-way preservation, access management techniques and land-use buffers.

Study Objectives

  • To support local land use and transportation plans
  • To promote functional access management tools along the roadway
  • To improve and preserve the function of the roadway while supporting economic development along the corridor
  • To develop a comprehensive transportation plan that serves existing and projected future land uses along the corridor

Study Outcome

The key outcome of the NC 73 Corridor study was a Memorandum of Understanding signed by all participating communities and elected officials indicating their intent to follow the plan's land use and transportation recommendations. NCDOT will follow the strategic plan for the roadway so that roadway development over time will be coordinated with each community's land use plan.

Study Report

The NC 73 Transportation Land/Use Corridor Plan Report is a comprehensive document, which encompasses the majority of activities, evaluations, and recommendations developed for the study.

Contact Information

NC 73 Council of Planning website site includes information about ongoing projects and studies along the corridor and is maintained by the Centralina Council of Governments.

NCDOT Study Contact
John A. (Andy) Bailey
Senior Transportation Engineer
NCDOT Transportation Planning Branch
(919) 707-0991
1554 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1554

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.