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2trailertrucker:
I have noticed some new construction taking place at the western end of the US 74 bypass in Shelby NC.
Does anyone know what is going on with this?

jcarte29:
I didn’t think half of this project was even funded? Am I wrong?

ARMOURERERIC:
I believe they are getting ready to pave to NC 226

cowboy_wilhelm:

--- Quote from: ARMOURERERIC on August 06, 2018, 09:53:14 PM ---I believe they are getting ready to pave to NC 226

--- End quote ---

Correct. This has to be one of the more convoluted projects in NCDOT's recent history.

R-2707 Project Breakdown Map

There are separate contracts for paving the first three sections. Until now, they've only graded and built structures for sections A and B. Now they're going back in and cutting the grass that grew up over the last two years and re-grading to pave sections A and B (up to NC 226). It's scheduled to be finished next year, six and a half years after they first started construction in 2013, and will open a third of the bypass (which ain't very helpful).

Section C is currently under construction from NC 226 to NC 150 (grading and structures). It also has a separate project/contract for paving in 2020. It's not scheduled to be finished until 2022, which is a 5 1/2 year contract to construct less than five miles of new freeway.

Sections D and E are funded. Right-of-way and utilities are scheduled for FY 2019, with construction starting in 2021 and lasting approximately three to four years. Section D will build the rest of the bypass, and E will upgrade existing 74 to freeway standards.

So, if you're keeping track, that's about 11-12 years to build the entire bypass. Here are the timelines of similar projects currently or soon-to-be under construction:


* US 64 Asheboro Bypass: 2015-2020
* US 264 Greenville Southwest Bypass: 2015-2020
* US 70 Havelock Bypass: 2019-2022
* US 74 Monroe Expressway: 2015-2018
* US 17 Pollocksville & Maysville Bypass (to bypass two traffic lights): 2015-2020
If you look at a map of where General Assembly members live, you'll notice that none have to drive 74 through Shelby to get to Raleigh. And if Shelby was between Raleigh and the beach, it would have been bypassed 20 years ago.

Here's a nice view of the current situation, courtesy of Google Street View. Try to count the number of trucks.

Sorry, had to rant on this one.

2trailertrucker:

--- Quote from: cowboy_wilhelm on August 08, 2018, 06:10:52 PM ---
--- Quote from: ARMOURERERIC on August 06, 2018, 09:53:14 PM ---I believe they are getting ready to pave to NC 226

--- End quote ---

Correct. This has to be one of the more convoluted projects in NCDOT's recent history.

R-2707 Project Breakdown Map

There are separate contracts for paving the first three sections. Until now, they've only graded and built structures for sections A and B. Now they're going back in and cutting the grass that grew up over the last two years and re-grading to pave sections A and B (up to NC 226). It's scheduled to be finished next year, six and a half years after they first started construction in 2013, and will open a third of the bypass (which ain't very helpful).

Section C is currently under construction from NC 226 to NC 150 (grading and structures). It also has a separate project/contract for paving in 2020. It's not scheduled to be finished until 2022, which is a 5 1/2 year contract to construct less than five miles of new freeway.

Sections D and E are funded. Right-of-way and utilities are scheduled for FY 2019, with construction starting in 2021 and lasting approximately three to four years. Section D will build the rest of the bypass, and E will upgrade existing 74 to freeway standards.

So, if you're keeping track, that's about 11-12 years to build the entire bypass. Here are the timelines of similar projects currently or soon-to-be under construction:


* US 64 Asheboro Bypass: 2015-2020
* US 264 Greenville Southwest Bypass: 2015-2020
* US 70 Havelock Bypass: 2019-2022
* US 74 Monroe Expressway: 2015-2018
* US 17 Pollocksville & Maysville Bypass (to bypass two traffic lights): 2015-2020
If you look at a map of where General Assembly members live, you'll notice that none have to drive 74 through Shelby to get to Raleigh. And if Shelby was between Raleigh and the beach, it would have been bypassed 20 years ago.

Here's a nice view of the current situation, courtesy of Google Street View. Try to count the number of trucks.

Sorry, had to rant on this one.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the rundown. As one of those truck drivers, Shelby is as unsafe of an
area to drive, traffic wise, as was Kokomo Indiana before their bypass was built!
Yesterday, I had a car do a u turn in front of me, go a few hundred feet, then come to a complete stop to turn right!!

What is interesting is I took NC-16 from I-485 to I-40.
That road was great!! Even through the construction area where they are 4 laning the rest of it, traffic moved easily. I kept thinking, “Why can’t they do this around Shelby?”

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