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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Construction
  • County: Cleveland
  • Type of Project: Widening, New Highway
  • STIP Numbers: R-2707AA, R-2707AB, R-2707B, R-2707C, R-2707D and R-2707E
  • Estimated Cost: $284.8 million
  • Project Team: E.S. Wagner Co.
US 74 Bypass (Shelby Bypass) Project

Project Overview and Purpose

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 anticipated to generate new economic development, as well.

Project Highlights

The Shelby Bypass is being built in six sections:

  • R-2707AA: is a 2-mile section that begins west of Peachtree Road and ends east of Kimbrell Road near Mooresboro. Work on this portion of the project began July 2013, and opened to traffic in September 2016. Vegetation and landscaping work will continue through March 2017.
  • R-2707AB: 1.9 miles east of Kimbrell Road to east of Plato Lee Road near Lattimore. The estimated construction cost is $14.1 million. The project was let for construction in June 2014.
  • R-2707B: is a 1.9-mile section that begins east of Kimbrell Road and continues to east of Plato Lee Road near Lattimore. Work on this section began July 2014 and is scheduled for completion in August 2017.
  • R-2707C: is a 5.3-mile section that begins east of N.C. 226 and continues to west of N.C. 150 heading northeast of Shelby. The construction contract for this section is expected to be awarded in May 2017.

Three sections of the project are not fully funded:

  • R-2707D: is a 4.1-mile section that begins west of N.C. 150 and continues to U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road, east of Shelby.
  • R-2707E: is a 2.6-mile section that begins at U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road and continues to west of Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain.

Project News Releases

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Construction contract awarded June 2013 (R-2707AA)
June 2014 (R-2707AB, R-2707B)
May 2017 (R-2707C)
Construction begins July 2014 (R-2707AB, R-2707B)
July 2016 (R-2707AA)
Construction complete September 2016 (R-2707AA)
August 2017 (R-2707AB, R-2707B)

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Rodney Gantt
NCDOT Division 12 Resident Engineer
(704) 480-5580
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21 Nessler St.
Shelby, NC 28151-0047

Ken Thomas
Safety Engineer
E.S. Wagner Co.
(864) 269-8585
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427 Oak Road
Piedmont, SC 29673

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.