The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes widening an 8.5-mile stretch of N.C. 73 – from N.C. 16 in Lincoln County to Northcross Drive in Huntersville – to accommodate future growth.
The N.C. 73 project is included in the 2020-2029 NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as two projects: R-5721 and U-5765. The two projects are combined for environmental study purposes.
The limits for each STIP Project are described as follows:
- R-5721A - N.C. 16 to Beatties Ford Road, Lincoln and Mecklenburg counties (preliminary engineering work temporarily suspended)
- R-5721B - Beatties Ford Road to West Catawba Avenue, Mecklenburg County
- U-5765 - West Catawba Avenue to Northcross Drive, Mecklenburg County
The primary purpose of the project is to improve the traffic-carrying capacity of N.C. 73 within the study area to operate at an acceptable level of service through 2040. The secondary purpose is to safely accommodate multi-modal uses of the corridor, including bicycle and pedestrian activities.
N.C. 73 is a regionally important route, being the only Catawba River crossing between N.C. 150 and N.C. 16.
Without improvements, by 2040, traffic on N.C. 73 is projected to increase:
- 35 percent (approximately 23,900 to 45,500 vehicles per day) between N.C. 16 and West Catawba Avenue
- 60 percent (55,000 to 60,000 vehicles per day) between West Catawba Avenue and Northcross Drive
The proposed project is being developed in conjunction with additional proposed improvements to N.C. 73 in Mecklenburg & Cabarrus.
This project is listed as Projects R-5721AB and U-5765 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $209.9 million.
|Utility Relocation||$4.8 million||$2.9 million||$2.7 million|
|Property acquisition||$25.6 million||$11.3 million||$26.5 million|
|Construction costs||$88.1 million||$23.8 million||$24.2 million|
$118.5 million||$38.0 million||$53.4 million|
*Estimated costs subject to change