The U.S. 74 Bypass, also known as the Shelby Bypass, includes constructing a four-lane, divided highway built to interstate standards. The 18.5-mile bypass would extend west of Peachtree Road near Mooresboro to the existing U.S. 74 route west of Long Branch Road.
The cost is estimated at $284.8 million for right of way, utility relocation and the construction of six sections.
This project is designed to help improve traffic flow, provide better access to the area and generate new economic development. Currently, travel through Shelby requires motorists to use U.S. 74, which has several traffic signals and residential driveways. The bypass will improve traffic flow through and around Shelby by providing a limited-access route without traffic signals.
The bypass will improve vehicle capacity of the U.S. 74 Corridor, reduce future traffic congestion, increase safety and improve roadway continuity between I-26 and I-85. Future traffic projections indicate that without the proposed 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. Some of the accident rates already exceed the statewide rates for similar highways.
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Project Overview and Purpose
Here’s how the project breaks down:
- R-2707AA: 2 miles from west of Peachtree Road to east of Kimbrell Road near Mooresboro. The average daily traffic count is approximately 20,000 vehicles per day. There will be some traffic pattern shifts along the project area. The project was let on May 21, 2013, and is scheduled for completion by March 14, 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: 2.6 miles east of Plato Lee Road to east of N.C. 226 north of Shelby. The estimated construction cost is $32.6 million. The project was let for construction in June 2014, together with project section AB.
Three sections of the project are not fully funded:
- R-2707C: 5.3 miles from east of N.C. 226 to west of N.C. 150 heading northeast of Shelby. Estimated construction cost is $54.2 million. Project funding and right-of-way acquisition are dependent on project reprioritization under the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) Law.
- R-2707D: 4.1 miles from west of N.C. 150 to U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road, east of Shelby. Estimated construction cost is $28 million. Project funding and right-of-way acquisition are dependent on project reprioritization under the state’s new STI Law.
- R-2707E: 2.6 miles from U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road to west of Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain. The estimated construction cost is $32.8 million. Project funding and right-of-way acquisition are dependent on project reprioritization under the state’s new STI Law.
In September 2014, Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a $1 billion transportation bond to help address critical needs within the state’s limited funds, especially in rural areas. The final three sections of the U.S. 74 Bypass are included on this list of nearly permit ready projects, which have completed environmental documentation and could be let to contract within a 12-24 month period.
The list was intended to help determine a rough estimate of how many projects the department could potentially fund within its debt capacity of about $1 billion, but is not intended to serve as a final list of selected projects.
On April 16, 2013, the Cleveland County commissioners approved a resolution for NCDOT to study the possibility of turning U.S. 74 into an interstate from I-26 to I-85. However, Wilmington area officials have expressed their wish to extend U.S. 74 to interstate standards in their area and turn the entire U.S. 74 highway into an interstate corridor.
In March 2013, county leaders met with commissioners from Rutherford and Polk County to discuss support for the project. The three counties are looking at a plan to ask NCDOT to study the possibility of construction an interstate-quality U.S. 74 freeway from Interstate 26 in Polk County, through Rutherford County and traveling along the Shelby Bypass and points east.
To view project plans, please click here.
NCDOT Division 12 Resident Engineer
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (704) 480-5580
- Address: 421 Nessler St.
Shelby, NC 28151-0047
- Contractor: E.S. Wagner Co.
- Phone: (864) 269-8585
- Address: 427 Oak Road
Piedmont, SC 29673
Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.