Several transportation plans contain recommendations to improve a 35-mile portion of N.C. 73 and recognize the corridor as a major thoroughfare. Those plans include:
- N.C. 73 Transportation/Land Use Corridor Plan (2004)
- Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) Thoroughfare Plan (2012)
- Cabarrus-Rowan Metropolitan Planning Organization (CRMPO) Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2017)
- Amendments to the CRMPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2019)
- The CRTPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2017)
- Amendments to the CRTPO Comprehensive Transportation Plan (2020)
Other plans call for upgrading N.C. 73 to a four-lane divided roadway with intersection improvements as well as bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, including:
- Davidson-Concord Road/N.C. 73 Area Plan (2008)
- N.C. 73: Davidson-Concord Road to Poplar Tent Road Small Area Land Use and Economic Development Plan (2005)
- City of Concord’s Land Use Plan (2007)
- N.C. 73/Poplar Tent Church Road Small Area Plan (2012)
Agency, Local Government and Stakeholder Coordination
The N.C. Department of Transportation met with local, state and federal agencies in August and November 2017, and July, September and October 2018 to seek agreement on the purpose and need of each project, as well as the concepts to study in detail for N.C. 73 widening from Davidson-Concord Road in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Cabarrus County. Meetings with local, state, and federal agencies were held in April and May 2019 to discuss project alternatives and to select the preferred alternative. Additional meetings were held between October and December 2019 to discuss the updated preferred alternative design and to review impact avoidance and minimization measures.
NCDOT representatives participated in N.C. 73 Council of Planning meetings on Sept. 21, 2017, Feb. 15, 2018, Oct. 24, 2018, and Jan. 15, 2019. In addition, local officials information meetings were held before public information meetings on Jan. 28 and 29, 2019, and Jan. 27, 2020. Coordination with local government agencies is ongoing.
Additional stakeholder meetings were held with local planning staff from each of the municipalities in the corridor, the Water and Sewer Authority of Cabarrus County, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality – Division of Energy, Mines, and Land Resources, and the Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission between 2017 and 2020.