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Project Fast Facts
  • County: Cabarrus
  • Type of Project: Road Widening
  • STIP Number: U-3415
  • Estimated Cost: $62 million
 Poplar Tent Road Widening Project

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to widen Poplar Tent Road – a road that connects I-85 and Concord Regional Airport with Concord – from two to four lanes.

For funding purposes, the project would be broken up into two sections:

  • Section A, which is funded, would start at Gable Oaks Lane/Woodhaven Place and end at George Liles Parkway
  • Section B, which is currently unfunded, would start at George Liles Parkway and end at Concord Parkway (U.S. 29-601 Bypass)

Due to continual growth and development in the area, Poplar Tent Road will not be able to accommodate anticipated future traffic volumes. Widening the road would improve traffic flow and safety along Poplar Tent Road.

Project Highlights

The proposed roadway would have four lanes – two lanes in each direction – with curb and gutter, a 23- to 30-foot-wide raised median, turn lanes and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.

Synchronized Street Corridor

Two designs, referred to as alternatives, under consideration would change Poplar Tent Road to synchronized street corridor:

  • Alternative 1 would widen the road on its existing location
  • Alternative 2 would include widening the road on a new location in some areas

Alternatives Map

A synchronized street would allow drivers on Poplar Tent Road to turn left, right or travel straight through – just like a conventional intersection. Drivers coming from side streets off of Poplar Tent Road who want to cross or turn left must first turn right and then make a U-turn to return to their desired route.

Project History

February 1996 - NCDOT prepared a feasibility study for the improvement of Poplar Tent Road from Derita Road to Concord Parkway (U.S. 29-601 Bypass).

April 15, 2004 - NCDOT held the first citizens' informational workshop. During this early stage of the project development process, the limits of the project were from Derita Road/Odell School Road on the west end to Concord Parkway (U.S. 29-601 Bypass) on the east end (6.1 miles). At that time, the only design – referred to as an alternative – being considered was widening existing Poplar Tent Road.

December 12, 2006 - An interagency team made up of representatives of local, state and federal governmental agencies met and reached agreement on the project's purpose – to improve existing access to Concord Regional Airport, reduce traffic congestion and improve safety and various intersections along Poplar Tent Road.

April 2008 -Field surveys found that the project was expected to have only minimal impacts to streams and wetlands. Therefore, the interagency team agreed it no longer needed to meet to review this project. At the same time, project studies were suspended due to funding limitations.

December 2011 -The project limits were revised to show the project beginning at Gable Oaks Lane/Woodhaven Place rather than Derita Road/Odell School Road, which shortened the project by 1.7 miles (the new project length is 4.4 miles).

June 2012 -A citizens' informational workshop was held June 18, 2012, to provide an update on the Poplar Tent Road widening project to the local communities.

Spring 2015 -Project studies were suspended in anticipation of the project being dropped from the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program.

June 2015 -The project was not included in the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program.

August 2017 -The Board of Transportation adopted the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program, which includes the Gable Oaks Lane/Woodhaven Place to George Liles Parkway section of the project. The George Liles Parkway to Concord Parkway section of the project is currently unfunded.

Project Funding

This project is listed as U-3415 in the 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Plan and the project's estimated cost is $62 million. For funding purposes, the project is divided into two sections:

  • Section A – Gable Oaks Lane/Woodhaven Place to George Liles Parkway – $21.2 million (funded)
  • Section B – George Liles Parkway to Concord Parkway – $40.8 million (unfunded)

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Right of way acquisition begins for Gable Oaks Lane/Woodhaven Place to George Liles Parkway 2021
Construction begins for Gable Oaks Lane/Woodhaven Place to George Liles Parkway 2023

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents


Meeting Materials

Contact Information

Stuart Basham
Division Planning Engineer
12033 East Independence Blvd.
Suite F
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 845-1151
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Richard W. Baucom, P.E.
Division Construction Engineer
Highway Division 10
716 West Main St.
Albemarle, NC 28001
(704) 983-4400
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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.