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US 21 Widening

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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Mecklenburg
  • Type of Project: Road Widening
  • STIP Number: U-5767, U-5771
  • Estimated Cost: $42.7 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2019
  • Start Date: 2021
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 bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. To improve traffic flow, NCDOT is also considering innovative intersection configurations.

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 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, in coordination with the towns of Huntersville and Cornelius, developed and evaluated 4-lane and 6-lane alternatives with various intersection configurations.

Public Involvement

Maps for Public Review

NCDOT is holding the following meetings to answer questions and receive comments from the public on the proposed project:

Thursday, April 12, 2018
4 to 7 p.m.

Cornelius Town Hall
21445 Catawba Avenue
Cornelius, NC 28031

Thursday, April 19, 2018
4 to 7 p.m.

Huntersville Town Hall
101 Huntersville-Concord Road
Huntersville, NC 28078

Please note that maps of the study area will be on display but there will not be a formal presentation.

The opportunity to provide written comments will be provided at the meeting, and comments are encouraged.

In addition, comments may be submitted online or by mail at the address below until May 4, 2018.

Beverly Robinson
NCDOT Project Delivery
1582 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1582

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring such services should contact Caitlyn Ridge, at (919) 707-6091, as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

For individuals who speak only Spanish or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

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 April 2018
Environmental documentation complete Summer 2018
Right of way acquisition begins 2019
Construction begins 2021

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Beverly Robinson Senior Project Manager NCDOT (919) 707-6041 Send a message
Jenny Noonkester, AICP 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.