To improve the mobility and connectivity of N.C. 84 in Union County, the N.C. Department of Transportation proposes extending Rea Road from where it ends at N.C. 16 (Providence Road) in Weddington east to N.C. 84 (Weddington Road) near Twelve Mile Creek Road. This four-lane divided roadway would be signed as N.C. 84 (Weddington Road).
The proposed project would also widen existing N.C. 84 (Weddington Road) from two to four lanes from Twelve Mile Creek Road to Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road in Wesley Chapel.
The total length of the proposed project is approximately 4.3 miles.
On Jan. 26, 2016, NCDOT held a public hearing that included a presentation on the location and design of the proposed alternatives, land acquisition and relocation requirements and procedures for the Rea Road Extension project.
During a comment period, from Jan. 26, 2016, to Feb. 26, 2016, NCDOT also gathered public input on the project's design and location. The feedback will be taken into consideration when a Preferred Alternative for the project is selected.
The following public hearing maps and documents, as well as the Environmental Assessment, were available for review during the comment period:
NCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration approved the Environmental Assessment in May, 2015.
The Environmental Assessment is an important milestone in the project planning process. The objective of the EA is to provide the public and decision-makers with appropriate and relevant information to make an informed decision on which transportation improvement alternative to select for implementation. This process is intended to provide all interested parties with the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process.
Project Overview and Purpose
What purpose will the project serve?
The purpose of the proposed project is to improve the mobility and connectivity of Weddington Road (N.C. 84) in the project study area.
Why is the project needed?
- Traffic volumes in 2035 are expected to exceed capacity on N.C. 84 in the project area.
- Vehicles traveling west on existing N.C. 84 to Rea Road must follow a circuitous, or "dog-leg," route. Currently, 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.
The proposed project is included in the Western Union County Local Area Regional Transportation Plan – under the name N.C. 84 Relocation (Rea Road Extension) – as the No. 1 High-Priority Recommended Thoroughfare Plan project.
What alternatives are studied in the Environmental Assessment?
A range of preliminary alternatives were considered for the proposed project, including the No-Build Alternative, the Improve Existing Alternative and alternatives that considered alternate modes of transportation.
Two Build alternatives were developed for the proposed project (Alternatives A and C). Both alternatives extend Rea Road on new location from its current terminus at N.C. 16 to existing N.C. 84 approximately 0.35 miles west of Twelve Mile Creek Road, and widen existing N.C.84 to Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road.
Options for Alternatives A and C were developed to minimize potential impacts to wetlands (Alternatives A2 and C2). In consultation with the Federal Highway Administration, NCDOT selected Alternatives A2 and C2 for detailed study because they meet the project’s Purpose and Need and minimize potential impacts to wetlands.
These current detailed study alternatives are included on the project area map.
A preferred alternative will be selected after the Jan. 26, 2016, public hearing and following the close of the Environmental Assessment's agency and public comment period, which runs through Feb. 26, 2016. The preferred alternative may include a combination of Alternatives A2 and C2.
The proposed project is expected to be a boulevard-type facility. The current alternatives include a four-lane divided roadway with 12-foot inside travel lanes, 14-foot outside lanes (to accommodate bicycles), a 23-foot raised grass median, curb and gutter, and 10-foot berms. The possible inclusion of sidewalks as part of the proposed project will be coordinated with the local jurisdictions. The anticipated posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour.
The proposed project is included in the Western Union County Local Area Regional Transportation Plan – under the name N.C. 84 Relocation (Rea Road Extension) – as the No. 1 High-Priority Recommended Thoroughfare Plan project. The project is also programmed in the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization's 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Comprehensive Transportation Plan and the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program.
In August 2012, NCDOT began the environmental planning under NCDOT’s new streamlining process. In November 2012, NCDOT and state and federal environmental agencies held a scoping meeting to introduce the merger team to this project and to discuss potential concerns and resources. Based on the streamlining process, the merger team agreed that the project will follow a modified Merger Process with a project team meeting to review Concurrence Points 2A and 4A.
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Project Development Process
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Resources for Local Property Owners
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