U.S. 74 Bypass - Monroe Expressway

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The Monroe Expressway is an 18.68 mile1 toll road that serves as a bypass for U.S. 74 (Independence/Roosevelt Boulevard) through Indian Trail, Monroe, and Wingate in Union County. The expressway doubles as U.S. 74 Bypass.

The Monroe Expressway initially follows U.S. 74 southeast from the exchange with Interstate 485 at Matthews, entering Union County ahead of Stallings Road (Exit 254). U.S. 74 Bypass overtakes the Monroe Expressway at a wye interchange (Exit 255) as the toll road curves northeast to Hemby Bridge and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) continues southeast to Indian Trail and Monroe. The Monroe Expressway resumes a southeasterly course beyond Exit 257, staying approximately two miles north of U.S. 74 to an interchange with NC 200. The toll road kinks east ahead of Austin Chaney Road to skirt the northern limits of Wingate before one final turn southeast. The Monroe Expressway and U.S. 74 Bypass conclude at a merge with U.S. 74 ahead of Marshville.

Two decades in planning, construction began on the Monroe Expressway in May 2015. It officially opened to traffic on November 27, 2018.2 The expressway operates under the NC Turnpike Authority, with seven All Electronic Toll (AET) gantries along its course.


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U.S. 74 Bypass turns northeast beneath westbound U.S. 74 on the initial leg of the Monroe Expressway. The toll road serves as an alternative to points further east along U.S. 74.
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U.S. 74 Bypass lines Old Hickory Business Park at the first of seven toll collection points along the Monroe Expressway. Tolls are collected by transponder or mail by plate method.
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A folded diamond interchange (Exit 257) joins U.S. 74 Bypass with Indian Trail Fairview Road to Hemby Bridge.
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Indian Trail Fairview Road links the town of Indian Trail to the southwest with nearby Hemby Bridge and Fairview, 8.1 miles to the northeast.
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Unionville-Indian Trail Road (SR 1367) ties into the Monroe Expressway between Lake Park and Glendalough at a diamond interchange (Exit 259).
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U.S. 74 Bypass east rises above South Fork Crooked Creek one half mile ahead of Rocky River Road (Exit 260).
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Confirming marker for U.S. 74 Bypass (Monroe Expressway) east posted ahead of the Willis Long Road underpass.
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Roanoke Church Road (SR 1507) spans the Monroe Expressway 1.5 miles out from Exit 264 to U.S. 601 (Concord Highway).
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U.S. 601 angles northwest from Monroe to meet U.S. 74 Bypass (Monroe Expressway at a parclo interchange (Exit 264) ahead of Unionville. Regionally, U.S. 601 joins Monroe with Concord, Kannapolis, and Salisbury.
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U.S. 74 Bypass advances southeast from U.S. 601, passing under Deese Road ahead of the next toll collection point.
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Stewarts Creek flows under the Monroe Expressway one mile ahead of a folded diamond interchange (Exit 266) with NC 200 to Monroe.
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This confirming marker stands beyond the Olive Branch Road (SR 1006) overpass along U.S. 74 Bypass east.
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The Monroe Expressway lowers to Richardson Creek 1.75 miles ahead of Austin Chaney Road (SR 1758).
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Austin Chaney Road (SR 1758) joins U.S. 74 Bypass east with Wingate at the last interchange (Exit 270) along the Monroe Expressway.
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U.S. 74 Bypass and the Monroe Expressway conclude at milepost 273.4 as U.S. 74 merges in from the right. U.S. 74 continues east into the town of Marshville next.
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U.S. 74 Bypass (Monroe Expressway) arcs southwest ahead of the Stinson Hartis Road overpass.
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Stallings Road (Exit 254) serves return access to U.S. 74 east to Indian Trail and Monroe 0.75 miles ahead.
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U.S. 74 Bypass west ends ahead as the Monroe Expressway defaults onto U.S. 74 to Interstate 485. U.S. 74 continues northwest along Independence Boulevard to Downtown Charlotte.
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Indian Trail Fairview Road meets the Monroe bypass ahead of the town of Hemby Bridge.
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U.S. 74 Bypass (Monroe Expressway) ties into U.S. 74 at either end of the 18.7 mile limited access toll road.
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Sources:
  1. NCDOT State Maintained Network Map (GIS) (ncdot.maps.arcgis.com).
  2. Monroe Expressway official page (ncdot.gov).


Photo Credits:

05/26/19 by AARoads

Connect with:
U.S. 74
U.S. 601

Page Updated 08-09-2020.