U.S. 74 Express Lanes – West of Idlewild Road to I-485
Type: Roadway construction
Affected County: Mecklenburg
In order to accommodate the growing population in Charlotte, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to improve and implement a network of express lanes in southeastern Charlotte and Matthews.
The U-2509A project includes improvements on routes parallel to U.S. 74 to help minimize congestion during construction on U.S. 74 on Independence Point Parkway, Northeast Parkway, Arequipa Drive and Krefeld Drive. The U-2509B project includes upgrading U.S. 74 to an expressway with express lanes from west of Idlewild Road to I-485.
These express lanes reduce congestion and improve traffic flow by offering motorists the option to pay a toll and ride in the express lane or continue driving on the general purpose lanes for free.
The project is estimated to cost $905-958 million and construction is scheduled to begin in 2022.
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