US 74 Shelby Bypass
NCDOT Project # R-2707
Type: Road Widening/Creation of a new highway
Affected Counties: Cleveland
Estimated Cost: $300 million
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to build a four-lane, divided interstate near Shelby and Mooresboro, in Cleveland County, North Carolina.
In total, the new bypass will be 18.5 miles, beginning at Peachtree Road near Mooresboro and extending west until it rejoins the existing US 74, just west of Long Branch Road.
Currently the US 74 route through Shelby consists of many traffic signals and driveways. This causes large amounts of traffic and accidents in the area, according to the NCDOT. Supporters hope this project will improve traffic flow, increase safety, provide better continuity to the area's other roadways, better access to the area, and improve economic growth.
There are some concerns about the potential impacts on the area's infrastructure. In Shelby, this project and other expansions will be affecting business, land, and home owners.
Many business owners in Shelby are worried their businesses will suffer as potential customers will now be routed around them.
Other property owners have been frustrated by the length of time it took the NCDOT to finally start this project and buy their properties and several filed suit for damages.
- Shelby Star: "NC Appeals Court says DOT must pay landowners"
- Shelby Star: "US 74 Bypass construction 'generally on schedule'"
- Shelby Star: "Will travelers bypass Shelby? Leaders talk impacts of new 74 highway route"
- WBTV: "Lawsuit filed over HWY 74 Bypass construction"
- Shelby Star: "Property-owner sues NCDOT for 'locking down' land"
- Gaston Gazette: "Commissioners support study of wider highway"
- For a Project Breakdown Map, click here.
The complete project is being built in six sections and here's how the NCDOT breaks them 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Hundreds of parcels of land will be affected by this project and many people and businesses will have to relocate.
If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation.