US 74 Superstreet Conversion

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NCDOT TIP #W-5520
Project Type:
 Superstreet
Affected County: 
Union
Estimated Cost$6,200,000

Description

As the town of Indian Trail – about 15 miles southeast of Charlotte – continues to experience rapid growth, town planners are trying to keep ahead of traffic and transportation issues. To that end, town planners have proposed to construct a 2.5-mile superstreet on US 74 from Indian Trail-Fairview Road to just after Wesley Chapel Stouts Road/Sardis Church Road.

“I have to leave an hour before I have to be at school just to get to school, and I only live 15 minutes away,” one resident told WSOC TV.

Superstreets are designed with the intent to increase safety and efficiency at intersections by reducing the number of traffic conflict points.

A superstreet is a type of intersection in which traffic from side streets is redirected from going straight through or left at a divided highway intersection, and instead must turn right. Traffic will be able to make a U-turn to proceed in the desired direction. All full movement, signalized intersections along US 74 between Indian Trail-Fairview Road and Wesley Chapel Stouts Road/Sardis Church Road will be converted to a superstreet configuration.

A network of parallel streets for local traffic to use to avoid traffic snarls on US 74 is also planned. Driveways of some businesses will need to be consolidated to eliminate stop-and-go traffic delays.

The conversion of this section of US 74 is part of the town’s Imagine It Comprehensive Transportation Plan, which endeavors to offer adequate roadway and travel capacity, a choice of travel modes (bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair, etc.), more connectivity, and complete streets (a street that works for motorists, bus riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians, including people with disabilities).

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