Before major changes come to U.S. 74 with the construction of the Monroe Bypass, Union County leaders want to plan for revitalizing the corridor.
Four counties entities - Monroe, Stallings, Indian Trail and the Union County Commissioners - have pledged up to $20,000 for a U.S. 74 revitalization study, and Union County staff have applied for a grant from the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization grant that would pay for the rest of the study.
The project is estimated to cost about $250,000 over two years, and it would look at everything from how to beautify U.S. 74 to improving intersections to managing access on and off U.S. 74.
Indian Trail Town Council member Gary D'Onofrio said he was intrigued by the idea of planning for U.S. 74, one of the major roads through Indian Trail.
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"It's really in need of some attention, so this is a good way to start," D'Onofrio said.
Indian Trail Town Engineer Scott Kaufman said the plan would provide a consistent vision for the future of U.S. 74. It would look at future planning and building for U.S. 74.
Stallings Town Manager Brian Matthews said the plan would look at how Union County and the towns would help the tax base lost to the bypass come back.
Although only 1.4 miles of U.S. 74 passes through Stallings, Matthews said the town's portion of the road will have "one of the largest impacts."
U.S. 74, also known as Independence Boulevard, enters Union County in Stallings.
Indian Trail has 4.25 miles of U.S. 74, and 10.1 miles of U.S. 74 passes through Monroe.
While some town leaders had concerns about recent news that construction on the bypass will be delayed, they decided to support the planning effort.