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 Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business route near Kings Mountain.
The cost is estimated at $295.9 million for right of way, utility relocation and the construction of six sections, as well as the relocation of 165 residences, 25 businesses and two churches.
This project is a top priority for Cleveland County officials, who feel it will help improve traffic flow, provide better access to the area and generate new economic development to fit Governor McCrory’s priorities. 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.
Project Overview and Purpose
Here’s how the project breaks down:
- R-2707AA: 2.2 miles from west of Peachtree Road to east of Kimbrell Road near Mooresboro. The project is scheduled to be let in May. 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 to be completed by March 14, 2017.
- R-2707AB: 1.9 miles from west of Pleasant Ridge Road to west of Hoyle Road near Lattimore. The estimated cost is $14 million, and the project is scheduled to be let in April 2014.
- R-2707B: 2.6 miles from west of Hoyle Road to west of N.C. 226 north of Shelby. The estimated cost is $32.6 million, and the project is scheduled to be let in April 2014.
Three sections of the project are not fully funded:
- R-2707C: 5.3 miles from west of N.C. 226 to west of N.C. 150 heading northeast of Shelby. Estimated cost is $54.2 million and right-of-way acquisition is scheduled for 2015.
- R-2707D: 4.1 miles from west of N.C. 150 to U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road, east of Shelby. Estimated cost is $28 million. Right-of-way acquisition and construction are not funded.
- 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 cost is $32.8 million. Right-of-way acquisition and construction are not funded.
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.
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.
To view project plans, please click here.
NCDOT Division 12 Resident Engineer
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (704) 480-5580
- Address: 421 Neisler St., Shelby 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.