Monroe Connector / Bypass



Union County
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NCDOT - Public Hearings for Proposed Monroe Connector Bypass Project in Mecklenburg and Union Counties

The N.C. Department of Transportation held open houses and public hearings December 9-11, 2013 regarding the proposed Monroe Connector/Bypass, a new location roadway from I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 near Marshville in Union County.

The purpose of the project is to improve mobility and capacity within the project study area by providing a facility for the U.S. 74 corridor allowing high-speed regional travel consistent with the designations of the North Carolina Strategic Highway Corridor (SHC) program, and the North Carolina Intrastate System.

Interested citizens may submit written comments or questions, comments will be accepted through Jan. 6, 2014.

Copies of the recently released Draft Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (DSFIES) are available for public review at the following locations:

• NCDOT Division 10 Office, 716 West Main Street, Albemarle;
• Monroe Planning Department, 300 West Crowell Street, Monroe;
• Indian Trail Planning Department, 130 Blythe Street, Indian Trail;
• Monroe Library, 316 East Windsor Street, Monroe;
• Edwards Memorial Library, 414 Hasty Street, Marshville;
• Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, 600 East Fourth Street, eighth floor, Charlotte;
• Stallings Planning Department, 315 Stallings Road, Stallings;
• Matthews Branch Library, 230 Matthews Station Street, Matthews; and
• Union West Library, 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail.

A project website also contains additional information and history of the project.

For additional information, citizens can call the project’s toll-free number at 1-800-475-6402, or contact Jamille Robbins, NCDOT-Human Environment Section at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6085, or by email at NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in these meetings. Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Robbins as early as possible so arrangements can be made.

For persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak, or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.


This map shows the NC Turnpike Authority Preferred Alternative for the project. 

Monroe Connector Bypass


This project involves improving the US 74 corridor (Independence Boulevard) from I‑485 in eastern Mecklenburg County to US 74 near the town of Marshville in Union County. 

Work is now progressing on an environmental impact statement (EIS) by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA).  At present, the NCTA expects to reach the following milestones:

  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement – Completed

  • Final Environmental Impact Statement – Completed

  • Record of Decision – Completed

  • Project open to traffic – tbd


Role of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority
The Monroe Connector/Bypass project is a combination of two projects previously analyzed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) the Monroe Connector (I-485 to US 601 in Monroe) and the Monroe Bypass (US 601 in Monroe to US 74 near Marshville). In 2005, NCTA adopted the Monroe Connector as one of its first four toll candidate projects. In 2006, CRTPO requested that the Bypass be adopted by NCTA and combined with the Monroe Connector into a single planning and environmental study. This request was approved by the NCTA Board, and administration of the environmental analysis of the combined project was officially transferred to the NCTA.

For questions related to NCTA, please email