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N.C. 73 (indicated by the red line on this N.C. Department of Transportation  map) is a rare and vital east-west connector that crosses the Catawba River and bisects north Mecklenburg. Western and eastern NCDOT projects will add lanes to the highway between N.C. 16 in Lincoln County and Concord.

HUNTERSVILLE – The most recent draft of proposed state road projects recommends delays in several major local projects that have already earned inclusion on the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to-do list.

Citing budget considerations, plans to widen N.C. 73 have been pushed back for at least one year. And the plans for widening Gilead Road between U.S. 21 and N.C. 115 have also been rescheduled.

Construction on the N.C. 73 project, the widening of the east-west highway that cuts through North Mecklenburg all the way from Cabarrus County to Lincoln County, is now scheduled to begin in Fiscal Year 2023 instead of FY22, according to the new draft of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Gilead Road improvements, envisioned as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the town’s network of streets in the downtown area, is now listed as a FY25 project, instead of a FY24 venture, in the draft STIP.

N.C. 115 widening subject of meeting

A highway improvement project that hasn’t received much publicity will be the subject of a public meeting next week at a Huntersville church.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public information gathering about the planned widening of N.C. 115 between Interstate 485 and Harris Boulevard starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Independence Hill Church, 10220 Independence Hill Road.

The three-hour session will be a drop-in event with no formal presentation. Maps will be on display providing a detailed look at the project and there will also be an opportunity for public feedback on the project. Information is available at www.ncdot.gov, and public comments about the project will be accepted through March 8.

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