While the N.C. Department of Transportation weighs options for the widening of I-77, Huntersville planners are moving forward with several smaller scale road projects in their area.
From new roundabouts to turn lanes, these projects are expected to make life a little easier for drivers around Huntersville, even if relief on the interstate is still several years away.
The N.C. DOT is examining several options for I-77, including high occupancy toll lanes, but any work likely would not begin before 2015. Widening the road north of Exit 28 could come even later, because causeways around Lake Norman increase widening expenses.
In the meantime, here's a list of specific other road projects in the area. The projects have varying start times, from 2012 to 2016.
Project Location: Beatties Ford Road and McCoy Road
Action: Possibly add a roundabout. The town is expected to send a request for design proposals in May.
Expected Start Date: Fiscal Year 2013 for the design portion, FY 2014 for the construction
Estimated Cost: $325,000
Project Location: David Kenney Farm Road
Action: Connect the road to Birkdale Commons Parkway
Expected Start Date: FY 2012
Estimated Cost: $150,000
Project Location: Ranson Road and Stumptown Road
Action: Possibly add a single lane roundabout to improve the flow of traffic at the intersection
Expected Start Date: FY 2014 for the design portion, FY 2015 for the construction
Estimated Cost: $600,000
Project Location: Beatties Ford Road and Gilead Road
Action: Add left and right turn lane from Gilead onto Beatties Ford Road as well as add a left turn lane from Beatties Ford Road southbound to Gilead.
Expected Start Date: FY 2014
Estimated Cost: $300,000
Project Location: NC115 and Stumptown Road
Action: Add left turn lanes with signal
Expected Start Dat e: FY 2013
Estimated Cost: $650,000
Project Location: N.C. 73 and Ramah Church Road
Action: Add left turn lanes and signal at the intersection
Expected Start Date: FY 2016
Estimated Cost: $400,000
Project Location: Hambright Road and North Mecklenburg High School entrance
Action: Possibly add round-about
Expected Start Date: Undetermined. The town is still working on securing all necessary right-of-ways.
Estimated Cost: $500,000