Independence Blvd. Widening (Sharon Amity to Conference Drive)



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Independence Blvd Widening
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation is widening Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) to a median-divided, eight-lane roadway from Albemarle Road (N.C. 27) to Wallace Lane. Interchanges will be constructed at Sharon Amity Road and Idlewild Road. The project will include the construction of a bridge to carry Conference Drive over Independence Boulevard and extend Conference Drive northward to Idlewild Road, as well as the extension of the existing CATS busway, and safety improvements. Existing signals at Sharon Amity Road, Idlewild Road and Conference Drive will be removed. The project will also include accommodations for future transit service. The proposed project is about 1.6 miles long.

The purpose of the project is to provide relief from present and future congestion and provide a higher level of efficiency on US 74. The acquisition of additional right-of-way and relocation of homes and businesses will be required for this project.

NCDOT Website

NCDOT Project Update (May 21, 2013)

Sharon Amity Idlewild Rd. Conference Dr.


Construction Updates:

Conference Drive (June 12, 2013)
The closure is part of the $51 million widening project to convert Independence Boulevard to an expressway between Sharon Amity Road and Wallace Lane. Contractor Devere Construction started construction in April, and expect to complete the project by October 2016. Read More......


For more information, please contact Brian Davis with NCDOT at (704) 845-1151 or