Access to the Proposed Express Lanes
Possible access points will be evaluated during project development studies.
Express Lane Connections
The express lanes proposed on Independence Boulevard as part of this project will connect with the express lanes proposed on Independence Boulevard to the northwest (STIP No. U-5526), the express lanes proposed on I-485 to the south/southwest (STIP No. I-5507) and the Monroe Connector/Bypass project (STIP No. R-3329/R-2559) to the southeast. This linkage will result in a seamless system of express and toll lanes along Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) and I-485 south and east of Charlotte.
Coordination with Other Projects
Just west of the project, Independence Boulevard is currently being improved under STIP No. U-209 B. That project includes upgrading Independence Boulevard to an eight-lane route with interchanges at Sharon Amity Road and Idlewild Road and a grade-separated crossing at Conference Drive. STIP No. U-209 B also includes the construction of one bus lane in each direction in the median of Independence Boulevard. The project is anticipated to be completed in the late fall of 2016.
Preliminary design and environmental studies are underway for a project that will improve the 5.8-mile segment of Independence Boulevard to the west (from I-277 to Wallace Lane), STIP No. U-5526. That project calls for converting the existing and under-construction bus lanes on Independence Boulevard to express lanes.
The proposed Monroe Connector/Bypass project (STIP No. R-3329/R-2559) consists of constructing a toll road on new location from U.S. 74 at I-485 in eastern Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 near the Town of Marshville in Union County.
Preliminary design and environmental studies are underway for a project that will improve I-485 from I-77 south of Charlotte to U.S. 74 east of Charlotte, STIP No. I-5507. That project calls for adding one express lane in each direction.