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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Mecklenburg
  • Type of Project: Roadway Widening
  • STIP Number: R-2555B
  • Property Acquisition Start: June 2018
  • Start Date: 2020
Bonner Bridge Projects

Project Overview and Purpose

Current traffic volumes exceed the capacity of a 2.7-mile stretch of Catawba Avenue from Sam Furr Road (N.C. 73) north to Jetton Road in Mecklenburg County, and forecasts show that traffic volumes will worsen by 2035. Increasing development along the road will result in longer travel times, dangerous passing situations and increased wrecks.

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to make a series of proposed improvements that would provide:

  • Improved connections between Cornelius and Huntersville
  • An improved route to I-77 that enhances regional travel options
  • Additional lanes on Catawba Avenue in the project area
  • Enhanced safety for all types of travel (driving, public transit, walking and bicycling)

This project is a continuation of Catawba Avenue improvements completed in 2009 between Jetton Road and I-77.



Project Highlights

Proposed Design and Cross-Section

Following data collection, field studies and input from stakeholders and the public, NCDOT developed a proposed design that includes widening Catawba Avenue to a four-lane, divided road with:

  • 11-foot travel lanes
  • 5-foot bicycle lanes
  • A 23-foot raised median
  • Curb and gutter
  • Sidewalk on one side and a 10-foot multi-use path on the other

This proposed design would improve traffic flow, enhance safety and accommodate both pedestrians and bicyclists and has taken into account the high volume of boat traffic that occurs along West Catawba Avenue.

proposed design
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Project Schedule

Milestone Date*
Initial public meeting April 10, 2014
Second public meeting June 21, 2016
Final environmental document December 2016
Right of way acquisition 2019
Construction 2020

*Future dates subject to change

Project Documents

Contact Information

Elmo Vance
Project Planning Engineer
(919) 707-6048
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

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.