Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to extend Rea Road 1.7 miles east from N.C. 16 (Providence Road) to N.C. 84 (Weddington Road) near Twelve Mile Creek Road in Weddington. Proposed work also involves widening 2.7 miles of the existing N.C. 84 from two to four lanes from Twelve Mile Creek Road to Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road in Wesley Chapel.
Proposed work would help improve the mobility and connectivity of N.C. 84 in Union County.
Currently, vehicles traveling west on N.C. 84 to Rea Road must follow an indirect route. Westbound traffic on N.C. 84 must turn left onto N.C. 16, travel approximately three-quarters of a mile and then turn right onto Rea Road.
Without improvement, traffic volumes in 2035 are also expected to exceed capacity on N.C. 84 in the project area.
The current design option – referred to as the current alternative – for Rea Road Extension, is detailed in the following maps:
The current alternative involves building a four-lane boulevard-type road with 12-foot inside travel lanes, 14-foot outside lanes (to accommodate bicycles), a 23-foot raised grass median as well as curb and gutter.
As part of the proposed project, NCDOT will also coordinate with local municipalities to consider including sidewalks. Rea Road Extension would be a four-lane divided roadway and signed as N.C. 84. The anticipated posted speed limit is 45 mph.
Current Alternative Considered
On July 18, 2016, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration selected the current alternative, which is a combination of two previous design options. The combined option provides a better geometric design and avoids dividing several properties.
The alternative also minimizes impacts to the Wesley Chapel-Weddington Athletic Association park property by shifting the alignment to the south in the vicinity of Dogwood Park.
Environmental Assessment Approved
NCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration approved the Environmental Assessment – which looks at how the project might impact the community and natural environment– in May 2015.
The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to hold a public meeting in early 2017 to review the current alternative’s location and design with the community. A postcard announcing the details of the public meeting will be sent to individuals on the project mailing list.
Details regarding the public meeting will also be announced in the local paper and on this website.
|Environmental Assessment approved
|Final Environmental document
|Right-of-way acquisition begins
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
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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.