US 21 Widening

Project Overview and Purpose

Improvements to U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) between Gilead Road and Westmoreland Road through Huntersville and Cornelius are needed to improve traffic flow and accommodate projected future traffic volumes.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is considering options to widen U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) by adding additional lanes with a center median as well as sidewalks, multi-use paths and bicycle lanes.

To improve traffic flow, NCDOT is also considering different intersection configurations, including restricting left turns at some intersections.

The U.S. 21 improvements will be coordinated with other connecting projects in the area:

  • Intersection improvements at U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) and Gilead Road
  • Upgrading the existing I-77 interchange at Gilead Road to a diverging diamond interchange
  • Upgrading the existing I-77 interchange at N.C. 73 (Sam Furr Road) to a split diamond interchange

Project Highlights

The N.C. Department of Transportation is in the preliminary planning stages of this project.

The project team has been collecting information about the project area, including existing and projected traffic volumes, natural resources, community features, and existing and proposed land uses. Based on this information, the project team will develop study alternatives.

Public Involvement

The N.C. Department of Transportation hosting a public meeting in early 2018 to answer questions and receive comments on the proposed project.

Additional information will be provided once the meeting is scheduled.

Project Cost

Estimated Amount*
Property Acquisition and Utilities $5,200,000
Construction Costs $37,500,000
Total Cost $42,700,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Public meeting Early 2018
Alternative(s) selected for additional study Fall 2017
Environmental documentation complete Spring 2018
Right of way acquisition begins 2019
Construction begins 2021

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Tracy Walter, P.E. NCDOT Project Development Engineer (919) 606-6177 Send a message
Jenny Noonkester, P.E. RS&H Consultant Project Manager (704) 940-4787 Send a message

Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.