The N.C. Department of Transportation is building an 18.5-mile four-lane divided highway from east of Mooresboro to west of Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain.
The U.S. 74 Shelby Bypass will help improve traffic flow through and around Shelby by providing a controlled-access route, meaning the roadway will only be accessible at signalized interchanges.
Future traffic projections indicate that without the improvements to U.S. 74, traffic conditions would become too congested and increasingly unsafe. Traffic delays on the existing highway would continue to grow, as would the accident rates.
The bypass is expected to generate new economic development, as well.