Project Map
Project Map

Project Map

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 million
  • Start Date: July 2013
  • Completion Date: TBD
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 expected to generate new economic development, as well.

Project Highlights

NCDOT is building the Shelby Bypass in six sections, as shown in the below chart.

Section Location Length Status Details*
AA West of Peachtree Road to east of Kimbrell Road near Mooresboro 2 miles Complete Construction began in July 2013 and opened to traffic in September 2016.
AB East of Kimbrell Road to east of Plato Lee Road near Lattimore 1.9 miles Under Construction Construction began in July 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2018.
B East of Plato Lee Road to east of N.C. 226 north of Shelby 2.6 miles Under Construction Construction began in July 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2018.
C East of N.C. 226 to west of N.C. 150 heading northeast of Shelby 5.3 miles Under Construction Construction, which began in 2017, is underway.
D West of N.C. 150 to U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road, east of Shelby 4.1 miles Under Development Final designs are underway. Right of way purchasing is expected to begin in 2019 with construction beginning in 2021.
E U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road to west to Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain 2.6 miles Under Development Final designs are underway. Right of way purchasing is expected to begin in 2019 with construction beginning in 2021.

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Public Involvement

Maps for Public Review

Section D Maps (West of N.C. 150 to U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road)

Section E Maps (U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road to Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business)

NCDOT is holding the following meeting regarding the final designs (Sections D and E) of the proposed Shelby Bypass from west of N.C. 150 to west of Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain:

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
4-7 p.m.

Elizabeth Baptist Church
301 N. Post Road
Shelby, NC 28152

There will be no formal presentation, but maps of the recommended designs, referred to as alternatives, will be available for viewing.

The NCDOT project team, including right of way agents, will also be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

The public will also have the opportunity to provide written comments, and comments are encouraged. They may be submitted online or by mail at the address below until March 9, 2018.

Michael Poe, P.E.
NCDOT Project Development Engineer
1710 E. Marion St.
Shelby NC, 281151

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 Diane Wilson, at (919) 707-6073, 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 News Releases

Contact Information

Michael Poe, P.E.
NCDOT Project Development
(980) 552-4203
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1710 E. Marion St.
Shelby NC 28151

Anne Schley, P.E.
NCDOT Resident Engineer
(704) 480-5580
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421 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.