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​​​​Purpose Statement

As part of the proposed projects to widen N.C. 73 from N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) to Davidson-Concord Road and from Davidson-Concord Road to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, the N.C. Department of Transportation has developed a Purpose & Need Statement, a document required both under state law and as part of the project development process. 

R-2632AB: The purpose of the project is to reduce congestion on N.C. 73 (Sam Furr Road) between N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) and Davidson-Concord Road (S.R. 2693) and provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

R-5706: The purpose of the project is to increase mobility between Davidson-Concord Road (S.R. 2693) and I-85 and between U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) and I-85, reduce congestion at the intersections, improve traffic along N.C. 73 (Davidson Highway), and provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Proposed Improvements

Proposed improvements to N.C. 73 from N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Cabarrus County would involve:

  • Widening N.C. 73 from two to four lanes from N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) to Davidson-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County
  • Widening N.C. 73 from two to four lanes from Davidson-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Cabarrus County

N.C. 73 Widening from N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) to Davidson-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County

This project is a “best-fit” widening along N.C. 73; meaning the alignment will shift between one side of the road to the other side to reduce impacts that may result if the widening occurred entirely on one side. This project includes a realignment of June Washam Road to incorporate improvements to the intersection of N.C. 73 and Davidson-Concord Road.

The best-fit widening includes curb-and-gutter, two 12-foot wide travel lanes in each direction, and a 30-foot wide raised median. A 10-foot wide multi-use path will be provided on both sides of the road for bicyclists and pedestrians between Parr Drive and Davidson-Concord Road and a sidewalk will be provided between N.C. 115 and Parr Drive. The project has been designed as a reduced conflict intersections ​corridor, with leftovers (designated left turn only lanes) from N.C 73 proposed at Parr Drive, Jamesburg Drive, New Birth Drive, Willow Breeze Lane, Westmoreland Road, Mayes Road and Davidson-Concord Road. The final environmental document was approved in September 2019 and the project has moved into final design.

N.C. 73 Widening from Davidson-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Cabarrus County

The N.C. Department of Transportation evaluated four design alternatives for  this project:

  • Alternative 1 (Modified) would involve widening N.C. 73 from Davidson-Concord Road to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) and building a bridge adjacent to the south of the existing causeway over Howell Reservoir.
  • Alternative 2 would involve widening the existing N.C. 73 from Davidson-Concord Road to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) and widening the existing causeway over Howell Reservoir.
  • Alternative 3 would involve widening N.C. 73 from Davidson-Concord Road to approximately 1,700 feet west of the N.C. 73 and Odell School Road intersection, at which point the road would be relocated to the south. The relocated road would extend along Odell School and Untz roads before rejoining N.C. 73 approximately 1,300 feet east of the N.C. 73 and Riding School Lane intersection. The “best-fit” widening would resume until ending at U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North).
  • Alternative 4 would involve widening N.C. 73 from Davidson-Concord Road to approximately 800 feet east of the N.C. 73 and Odell School Road intersection, at which point the road would be relocated to the south before rejoining N.C. 73 at the intersection of N.C. 73 and La Forest Lane. The “best-fit” widening would resume until ending at U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North). Alternative 4 shifts the road less south compared to the realignment option in Alternative 3.
NCDOT and its regional, state, and federal agency partners have selected Alternative 1 (Modified) as the Preferred Alternative. During additional planning activities, the following notable changes were made to the project design:

  • Alignment shift to avoid impacts to historic properties and cemeteries in Mecklenburg County.
  • Change from sidewalks and bike lanes to multi-use paths between Poplar Tent Road and I-85.
  • Poplar Tent Road intersection changes to a reduced conflict intersection.
  • Kannapolis Parkway intersection changed to include a quadrant in the northeast, a ramp in the southeast, and a larger quadrant in the southwest.
  • Change from a 2-lane bridges to a 4-lane bridge and alignment shifted slightly south to minimize impacts to the reservoir. 

NCDOT is proposing four-lane roadway sections to accommodate future traffic volume. NCDOT has worked with local planning staff from municipalities along the c​​​​orridor to develop​ bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, including sidewalks, multi-use paths, and bicycle lanes.

Reduced conflict intersections have been designed along both projects at the following intersections: Davidson-Concord Road, Poplar Tent Road, Odell School Road and Winecoff School Road. A grade separation and quadrant intersection has been designed at Kannapolis Parkway. Bowtie intersections have been designed at International Drive NW and Central Drive NW.​

4/30/2020 12:53 PM