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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Union
  • Type of Project: Roadway Extension and Widening
  • STIP Number: U-3467
  • Estimated Cost: $49 million
  • Project Acquisition Start: 2017
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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.

Project Highlights

The preferred design option - referred to as the preferred alternative – for Rea Road Extension, is detailed in the following maps:

The preferred 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.

Project History

Preferred Alternative Considered

On July 18, 2016, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration selected the preferred 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.

Public Involvement

Public Comment

NCDOT is seeking public comments on the project until July 24, 2017.

Maps for Public Review

Comments can be submitted online or by mail at the address below:

Tracy Walter, P.E.
Project Development Engineer
N.C. Department of Transportation
1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

The NCDOT project team will review all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted – and explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible. NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present its progress at a later date.

Public Meeting

NCDOT is holding the following meeting to answer questions and receive comments from the public on the proposed project:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Graceway Baptist Church
4700 Monroe-Weddington Road
Matthews, NC 28104

NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss the proposed project and PARTF conversion.

The opportunity to provide written comments will be provided at the meeting, and comments are encouraged.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring such services should contact Tamara Makhlouf, at (919) 707-6072, as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

For individuals who speak only Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Environmental Assessment approved May 2015
Public meeting June 20, 2017
Final Environmental document 2017
Right-of-way acquisition begins 2017
Construction begins 2019

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

Documents

Newsletters & Handouts

Contact Information

Tracy Walter, P.E.
Senior Project Planning Engineer
(919) 707-6177
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Liz Kovasckitz
CALYX
(919) 858-1808
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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.