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N.C. 73 Improvements (Lincoln & Mecklenburg)

​​​​​​Project Overview

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.

N.C. 73 is a regionally important route, being the only Catawba River crossing between N.C. 150 and N.C. 16.

Without improvements, traffic on N.C. 73, by 2040, is projected to increase:

  • 35 percent (approximately 23,900 to 45,000 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.


Project Funding

This project is listed as Projects R-5721 and U-5765 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $177 million.

N.C. 16 in Lincoln County to West Catawba Avenue in Mecklenburg County (R-5721)

​Estimated Cost*
​Project development and design​$2,300,000
​Property acquisition​$93,400,000
​Construction costs​$69,400,000
​Total cost ​$165,100,000

West Catawba Avenue to Northcross Drive in Mecklenburg County (U-5765)

​Estimated Cost*
​Project development and design​$500,000
​Property acquisition​$4,400,000
​Construction costs​$7,000,000
​Total cost​$11,900,000

*Estimated costs subject to change

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