N.C. 73 levy

Huntersville Principal Planner Sushil Nepal addressed turning N.C. 73 into a superstreet that restricts left turns.

HUNTERSVILLE – The latest information about the planned widening of N.C. 73 between Denver and Huntersville will be shared and explained at two upcoming public meetings.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will host meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville and on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver.

Both events will feature an open-house “drop in” format from 4-7 p.m., and a formal presentation about plans is slated to be around 6:30 p.m. Lake Norman Baptist Church is on N.C. 73 (7921 Sam Furr Road), and Unity Presbyterian is at 8210 Unity Church Road.

At the meetings, NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments about the project. In addition, input from phone calls, emails or mail will also be compiled by NCDOT through Nov. 2. Details about the project and the comment-presentation process are available at www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings.

The meetings will focus on scheduled NCDOT improvements on N.C. 73 between N.C. 16 in Lincoln County and Northcross Drive, just west of the N.C. 73 at Interstate 77 exchange (Exit 25 bridge). The overall, multi-phase N.C. 73 project will also involve widening the highway between N.C. 115 in Huntersville and Cabarrus County, but progress on plans for that eastern section has lagged behind efforts dealing with the western portion.

The entire project is scheduled for right-of-way acquisition in 2020 with construction set to begin in 2022. It is designed to provide additional travel lanes on N.C. 73, a primary east-west corridor in the region.

High-profile questions about the design have focused on plans for highway intersections in western Huntersville and the final route of the widened highway near the Blythe Landing area and the Beatties Ford Road intersection. Wilson Stroud, an NCDOT project manager, said three potential routes are still being evaluated, and depictions and details of those routes will be included at the upcoming meetings.

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