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Purpose Statement

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

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 operations along N.C. 73 with an operational target of level of service (LOS) D in the 2040 design year, and provide bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Mobility is related to traffic flow of through traffic.

The level of service (LOS) of a roadway is the measure of its traffic carrying ability. Levels of service range from A to F, “A” being the best scenario with unrestricted maneuverability and operating speeds, and “F” being the worst scenario where travel on a roadway is characterized by “stop and go” conditions.

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 (R-2632AB)

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 proposed roadway would be four lanes and have bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

N.C. 73 Widening from Davidson-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Cabarrus County (R-5706)

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

  • Alternative 1 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 is considering four-lane roadway sections to accommodate future traffic volumes and include bicycle and pedestrian accommodations potentially including sidewalks, a multi-use path, and bicycle lanes.

Innovative intersection concepts have been designed along both projects at the following intersections: Davidson-Concord Road, Poplar Tent Road, Odell School Road, Kannapolis Parkway, International Drive NW, Winecoff School Road and Central Drive NW.

1/24/2019 5:22 PM