The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to convert the existing bus lanes in the median of U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) in Charlotte from I-277 to west of Idlewild Road to two-way express lanes (one lane in each direction). The project length is approximately 5 miles.
Access points will be provided along the express lanes for vehicles to enter and exit. The location of these access points will be evaluated as the project progresses, as well as a potential direct connector between the express lanes and Albemarle Road.
What are Express Lanes?
Express Lanes are toll lanes built within an existing highway corridor. They provide additional capacity to accommodate more traffic and offer drivers the option of more reliable travel times. Unlike traditional toll roads, drivers can choose to pay the toll and use the express lanes or continue to drive in the existing non-tolled general purpose lanes.
This project is listed as Project U-6103 in the
N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Updates to the STIP are currently in progress that will determine funding priorities and schedules for this and other projects. The updated STIP is anticipated to be approved in summer 2023. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.