Town commissioners Monday will consider approving alignments for two major east-west connector roads that are intended to improve often-bottlenecked traffic.
One proposed connector would link Langtree and Shearers roads south of downtown.
The other would involve building an Interstate 77 overpass to link Midnight Lane on the west side of the interstate with Oates Road on the east side. The bridge would be just north of Exit 36, where N.C. 150 often backs up.
Midnight Lane is just off Bluefield Road, which motorists use to access an entrance to one of the town's major retail centers, which includes a Super Target store. The connector eventually would lead east to U.S. 21.
The town hasn't determined how to pay for the Midnight Lane-Oates Road project, but a "yes" vote Monday night could make it easier to obtain grants and other funding sources, Mooresville Transportation Planner Neil Burke said in a memo to the commissioners.
If the Midnight Lane-Oates Road bridge and related road improvements are built, it would cut delays at N.C. 150 intersections, project consultant WSP Sells said in a report to the board.
"This helps to reduce travel time, is good for the economy and helps improve air quality by reducing idling," the consultant wrote. "Also, citizen surveys showed that the congestion along N.C. Hwy. 150 between Talbert Road and Bluefield Road is a major concern."
The Langtree-Shearers connector would be a 3.7-mile, four-lane road divided by a median. The project would include bicycle lanes and sidewalks on each side of the road.
The connector is intended to improve traffic in the Mount Mourne area, which includes the Lowe's Companies Inc. headquarters, I-77 Exit 31 and the planned $800million Langtree at the Lake community.
No timetables have been announced for either connector.