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.
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)
|Project development and design||$2,300,000|
West Catawba Avenue to Northcross Drive in Mecklenburg County (U-5765)
|Project development and design||$500,000|
*Estimated costs subject to change