Transportation Projects

Interactive Transportation Project Map
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Current as of
 October 8, 2020: Below is the current status of the project currently proposed or underway.  Please note that all completion dates are tentative and are highly dependent on weather conditions.  All projects with fiscal Year (FY) in their date are based on the Federal Fiscal Year, which runs from October 1 of the previous year to September 30 of its listed year. Projects without FY in their date are based on the calendar date.

Current Construction Projects

Crestdale Rd Side Path - Town project. Widen existing sidewalk to ten feet to accommodate bicyclists as well as pedestrians as part of the Crestdale Heritage Trail project. Work started in October 2020 and is anticipated to be substantially complete in December 2020.

I-485 Express Lanes (I-5507)- 
NCDOT project. New express lane in each direction from I-77 to US 74. This is a design-build project with design, ROW and construction in 3rd quarter 2019 and completed by the end of 2022. Project estimate is $203M. This project now includes adding the Weddington Road Interchange (R-0211EC) and enhancements to the John Street interchange and will add an additional auxiliary lane in each direction on I-485 from Weddington Road to John Street. NCDOT has more information about the project here

Idlewild and Hwy. 51 Roundabout (U-5115)
- NCDOT project.  Construction began on June 19, 2017.  Construction cost $1,849,140.10. The roundabout was opened to traffic August 26, 2017. More information on roundabouts can be found in this  NCDOT brochureMatthews and Mint Hill are partnering to add gateway signs and landscaping to the center of the island and lighting for the entire project. This plan was approved by NCDOT in early 2019 and a combined $100,000 in funds were allocated by Matthews and Mint Hill.  However, we were notified in May that the roundabout would likely be removed as part of NCDOT’s U-5007 project.  Due to this, the Town Board voted not to move forward with the sign at this time.  Landscaping installation is scheduled for the fall of 2020.

N Trade St & Matthews Station St Intersection Improvements- Town project. This project will construct pedestrian improvements to the intersection including fixing ADA issues, shortening pedestrian crossing distances, and improving visibility of the intersection and crosswalks.  Click to view an illustration The work is expected to be complete in September 2020. There will be some minor repairs by the contractor in the following weeks.

Matthews-Mint Hill Rd & Moore Rd Traffic Signal and Northeast Parkway Extension - Developer project. The Bainbridge Apartments project will build a portion of Northeast Parkway to serve their development and add a traffic signal at the intersection of Matthews-Mint Hill Rd & Moore Rd & Northeast Pkwy. The work is expected to be complete in Winter 2020/2021.

South Trade Street Widening at Culvert (U-5804B)- NCDOT Project. This project will widen South Trade Street to 4 lanes between Chaphyn Lane and Weddington Road and lengthen the culvert under South Trade Street in this area. Due to the new flood plain maps being released and the CLOMAR expiration, this project had to go back through environmental review process.  The project was let on December 6, 2017, with the lowest responsible bid of just under $3M. Construction is underway but the project has experienced significant delays. The NCDOT provided an update to the Town Board of Commissioners at the July 13, 2020 and September 28, 2020 meetings. Click here for the written update by NCDOT.

Weddington Road/I-485 Interchange (R-0211EC)- NCDOT project. This will add an interchange at Weddington Road and I-485 and will also improve a section of Weddington Road. Due to additional funding from HB 97 in the TIP, the project is now funded fully from the TIP and will be built as part of the I-485 Express Lanes (I-5507).  Design and construction began in 2019.  Project estimate is $20M.  The Town Board voted to fund a 10-foot wide side path (wide sidewalk for both bicycles and pedestrians) and an 8-foot planting strip on the east side of the Weddington Rd for a cost of $341,000.  Utility relocations are ongoing as well as structural design for a widened bridge and access for businesses along Weddington Rd. Improvements to the intersection of McKee Rd and Weddington Rd are under consideration. See I-5507 (above) for more information.


Future Construction Projects -- Funding Released

Sam Newell Road Intersection Improvements (C-5613D)- NCDOT Project. This project was suspended but released by the CRTPO Board at is 8/19/20 meeting. NCDOT anticipates construction in March 2021. The project will add dual left turns from NC51 onto Sam Newell Road and North Trade Street and complete the curb line on the east side of Sam Newell Road.  This project is estimated at $600k and will be funded with Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) money. 

Future Construction Projects -- Unfunded

Greylock Ridge Road Extension-
This proposed 2,200 foot road will connect John Street to the Sportsplex and Family Entertainment District. The preliminary design for the roadway is done.  Estimated cost is $4.6M.  The Town voted to purchase a portion of the right-of-way needed for the road to build the Crestdale Heritage Trail. Staff presented an option to the Board of Commissioners on October 5, 2020, to apply for Bonus Allocation funds to design and build this street from E John St to E Charles St.

Idlewild Road Widening (U-4913)-  NDOT Project. Widen Idlewild Road from Davis Trace, over I-485 to Stevens Mill Road, convert the interchange into a dual diverging diamond interchange (DDI), and realign Stallings Road to the Hooks Road intersection and convert it to a roundabout. ROW in FY2019, construction in FY2020.  Project estimate is $10.4M. The Town of Matthews will be responsible for the cost of any pedestrian improvements to the project. This project s currently on the suspension list due to NCDOT's fiscal issues. All work has stopped. The new DRAFT 2023 STIP proposes construction in FY2025.

Independence Boulevard (US 74) Widening and Express Lanes (U-2509A,B)- NCDOT project. This project is broken into two parts. Part A proposes express lanes between Conference Drive and I-485.  Additional general-purpose lanes will likely be added as part of the project.  Part B will include completing the unfinished portions of Krefeld Drive/Northeast Parkway and Independence Pointe Parkway. Part B will be constructed first. NCDOT has more information about the project here. The project is currently in the planning stages.  Current ROW date is FY20 and construction date is FY21-23. New draft STIP date is FY2023 for both segments. The total project estimate of $508M estimated in 2017 has increased to $1.2B in this draft.  Matthews will be responsible for some of the bicycle and pedestrian improvement costs.

  • The most current version of the plans can be downloaded here: Sheet 1Sheet 2.
  • A public meeting regarding the US74 widening project was held on July 25th and 26th, 2018.
  •  Public hearing was held at Matthews-CPCC on Monday, January 28, 2020. Please see the NCDOT website for more information.
  • The Independence Boulevard Pedestrian Safety Study was completed in August 2020. The study is available here:

John Street / Old Monroe Road Widening (U-4714)-  NCDOT project. The current NCDOT design is a 4-lane median divided facility with a multi-use path along the majority of the section through Matthews. This widening project is divided into three segments.  Section AA is from its intersection with Trade Street to I -485. Section AB is the I-485 interchange. Section AC is from I-485 to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road. The total cost for this project is $115M. NCDOT has prepared a  flyer to help explain their design concept for the roadway.  More information on the project can be found here at the NCDOT website. This project is currently on the suspension list due to NCDOT's fiscal issues. All work has stopped.  NCDOT will update the project’s timeframe, once it is reinstated. New Draft 2023 STIP date for construction of the AC section is FY2024, for the AA section is FY2031, and the AB section is currently under construction with the I-485 managed lanes project (I-5507).

In 2018, Matthews formed a Working Group, made up of citizens, the Town Board, members of the Transportation Advisory Committee and Town staff, to come up with options to the current plan. Based on the working group’s recommendation, the Board voted to ask NCDOT to delay construction of section AA until FY2027. The reason for this is two-fold- it allows time for other planned projects in the area to be constructed and their impacts to the traffic on John Street to be ascertained.  It also allows time for options other than widening John Street through downtown Matthews to be considered.

McKee Road Extension (U-4713)This project is broken into several segments (below).    

Segment A (U-4713A) - NCDOT project. This NCDOT project will extend McKee Road 4,000 feet from its existing terminus at Pleasant Plains Road to John Street. The Town Board voted at its April 25, 2016 meeting to obligate $2M toward this project to increase the probability of it being funded in the TIP as part of the P4.0 process.   The money will come from the $3M the Town is receiving at the first building permit of Erickson's Windsor Run project. The project is funded in the current TIP. Construction estimate is $12.4M. At Matthews’ request, NCDOT accelerated the schedule for this section of roadway.  Right-of-Way acquisition will be in FY19 and construction in 2nd quarter 2020.  Matthews will be responsible for part of the costs of pedestrian amenities. This project is currently on the suspension list due to NCDOT's fiscal issues. Design work will be completed but construction will be delayed. NCDOT will update the project’s timeframe, once it is reinstated. New Draft 2023 STIP date for construction is FY2025.

Segment B (U-4713B) of the project was completed in September 2016 (see below for more information).

Segments C, D and E are proposed to further extend McKee Road to the other side of Independence Boulevard. Section C, which takes the roadway over the CSX rail line is currently unfunded.  Section D will likely be built with the development of the adjacent property.  Section E was built as part of the NCDOT Monroe Expressway project (R-3329/R-2559).

NC 51 Widening- Matthews Township Parkway to Lawyers Road (U-5007)-  NCDOT project. Widen from two lanes to four lanes with a median, a sidewalk on the west side of the street and a 10-foot side path on the east. ROW in FY2020, construction in FY2022 to FY2024. Budget is $43.9M. Town funding may be needed for betterments. This project is currently on the suspension list due to NCDOT's fiscal issues. All work has stopped.  NCDOT will update the project’s timeframe, once it is reinstated. New Draft 2023 STIP date for construction is FY2031.

NC 51 Widening- Sardis Road to E. John St./Monroe Rd. (U-5763)
- NCDOT project. Widen NC 51 from four to six lanes, including a median and a 10-foot side path on the south side and 5-foot sidewalk on the north side.  It will include intersection improvements at Sardis Road, Fullwood Lane and Monroe Road. The improvements to the Monroe Road intersection will likely change it to a partial Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) with median u-turns. It is currently in the planning stages with ROW in FY2019 and construction in FY2021-FY2023. Project estimate is $4.3M. A public meeting regarding the NC 51 widening project was held on July 31, 2018 at Christ Covenant Church.  Please see the NCDOT website for more information. Town funding may be needed for betterments. This project and is currently on the suspension list due to NCDOT's fiscal issues. All work has stopped.  NCDOT will update the project’s timeframe, once it is reinstated. New Draft 2023 STIP date for construction is FY2031.

North Ames Street Widening- Town project. Widen North Ames Street from West Matthews Street to West Charles Street.  Estimated cost is $600k. A Community Development Block Grant has been received for design of a portion of the sidewalk on the west side of the street; design to be completed in Fiscal Year 2021. It is anticipated that staff will apply for construction funds via the Community Development Block Grant program as well. This project is currently in the environmental document phase.

Sam Newell Road Multi-Use Path- Rice Road to Crown Point Elementary (EB-5783)-  This NCDOT-funded project is locally administered by Matthews, but is currently on the suspension list due to NCDOT's fiscal issues. All work has stopped.  NCDOT will update the project’s timeframe, once it is reinstated.  Project estimate is $2.2M, with the Town contributing 20%. Design work began in the spring 2020 with construction planned for fall 2021. Public engagement is ongoing; more information can be found on the project website: The Town requested to CRTPO to be allowed to do deferred reimbursement to continue with the preliminary engineering.

Silver Line Light Rail is a proposed Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) project to build a rail line between Belmont and the Matthews area. CATS is currently conducting a rail alternative analysis and transit study, which extends 26 miles from Gaston County to the border of Mecklenburg and Union Counties, including the town of Matthews.  The Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) approved the LYNX Silver Line Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) in November 2016  and adopted it into the 2030 Transit System Plan. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) voted to include it in the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) at their January 18, 2017 meeting. More information about the LPA study, including maps and a survey for public input can be found at the LYNX Silver Line Web Page. In June 2020, the Town Board of Commissioners created a Matthews Silver Line Task Force to make recommendations to the Board in anticipation of an LPA refinement in November 2020. Task Force information can be found here. CATS held virtual open house sessions which are available on their website Public comment period closes on October 14, 2020. 

South Trade Street Greenway/Tunnel (EB-5829)-  NCDOT-funded Mecklenburg County Project. An additional project will build a pedestrian tunnel and greenway connection under South Trade Street, adjacent to the culvert. STP-DA funding for the pedestrian tunnel and associated greenway path was approved by the CRTPO at its August 2016 meeting.  The pedestrian tunnel and greenway will be constructed separately from the culvert widening, but should only cause minimal traffic delays.  The cost for the new 14’ tunnel and greenway is estimated at $1.9M, and will be funded by NCDOT, Mecklenburg County and Matthews ($125k).  Surveying and design will be done after the completion of U-5804B, with construction shortly thereafter. This project is currently on the suspension list due to NCDOT's fiscal issues. All work has stopped. New Draft 2023 STIP date for construction is FY2024.

West Charles Street Widening- Widen West Charles Street from existing widening to Matthews Township Parkway.  Preliminary concept completed in 2012.  Estimated cost is $1.15M. No funding has been identified to finalize plans or move toward construction.

Completed Projects

2015 Resurfacing- The contract for this Matthews project was awarded to Trull Contracting, LLC for $716,410.75.  The contractor has completed the full-depth reclamation (FDR) and paving in Matthews Estate, West Matthews Street, Oscar Drive area, Independence Pointe Parkway and Windsor Square Drive.  Brigman Road was added to the contract for approximately $73,000 as it will tie into the new entrance to the Sportsplex and was in poor condition and has been completed.  This is a Town-funded project.

2016 Pavement Preservation Program
- Matthews project. Several pavement preservation techniques are being used on various local roads to extend their life.  Roads in Sardis Mill and Coachman Ridge had a rejuvenator, called Reclamite, applied to them.  This product replaces the volatile organic compounds lost from the asphalt when it is initially placed.  It also helps to reverse oxidation that has occurred in the pavement since that time.  This was placed on these roads and a small section of Phillips Road on September 20, 2016. On October 4, 2016, a high-density mineral bond (HA5) was placed in the Sardis Mill subdivision.  This is a coating that will help protect the pavement from UV damage for up to 7 years.  Millstone Ridge had a seal coat, GSB-88, placed on it in October 2017. This product is a coating that will mitigate raveling in the road and help to protect the pavement from UV damage for up to 5 years.

Pavement Preservation Program
- Matthews project. Several pavement preservation techniques are being used on various local roads to extend their life.  The first project was using a rejuvenator on newer roads throughout town. This portion was completed in the fall of 2017.  The second project will add a high-density mineral bond to roads a few years old.  These will help to keep the roads in good condition.  The application of HA5 high-density mineral bond was completed in July 2018.  There have been some issues with small areas where the application has delaminated and other areas where the striping has worn off.  These areas will be redone in the summer of 2019. . More information on the HA5 project can be found here.

2019 Resurfacing Program
- Matthews Project. The Matthews Board approved a $2M contract with Blythe Construction to reconstruct neighborhood roads in Matthews using full-depth reclamation (FDR). 

Charles Buckley Way- Matthews project. Contract was awarded to Sealand Contractors Corporation for $433,213.07. Matthews Public Works Landscaping Division installed trees and shrubbery. This was a Town-funded project.

Fullwood Signal- Private developer project. As part of the Plantation Estates expansion, they are installing a signal on Fullwood Lane at their new entrance.  Signal was put into service in August 2017. The NCDOT inspected the signal and performs maintenance for the Town.

I-485 Pavement Rehabilitation (I-5827)-  NCDOT project between Idlewild Road and U.S. 74 - resurface both directions of I-485 in this area. The project is funded for FY19 for $3 million.

Matthews-Mint Hill Rd Multi-use Path- Matthews project.  The Town received a $500,000 grant from the NC General Assembly toward new sidewalks.  A 10-foot wide sidewalk, also called a multi-use path or side path, on E Matthews St and Matthews-Mint Hill Road from N Trade St to the Novant Hospital entrance has been completed.

Matthews-Mint Hill Road Superstreet (U-5511) near Butler High School – Matthews Project. The contract was awarded to J.T. Russell for $675k.  The Town has committed to $240k of this plus half of any overruns. The remainder of the funding is from a Federal grant given to the Town.  Please note that the multi-use path shown on the conceptual drawing was not able to be constructed due to limited funding. The contractor has installed the storm drainage and begun widening and curb and gutter on the both sides of the road.

McKee Road  Segment B, Campus Ridge Road Relocation (U-4713B) Matthews project extended McKee Road 1,500 feet from John Street to existing Campus Ridge Road. Contract was awarded to Blythe Development at the June 8, 2015 Board Meeting.  The total construction cost was $1.7M, with the Town contributing $361,456 toward construction and construction oversight. Project was completed in September 2016.

McKee Road Intersection Improvements- Developer project.  As part of the Erickson Community development on McKee Road, they were required to add turn lanes at McKee’s intersection with Pleasant Plains Road and Weddington Road. The work at Pleasant Plains Road has been delayed due to some utility conflicts.  This project was completed in December 2017.  NCDOT oversaw this project.

Monroe Expressway (R-3329/R-2559)NCDOT project. This $840 million, 19.5 mile project is an all-toll facility from U.S. 74 east of I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 between Wingate and Marshville in Union County. NCDOT has more information about the project here.  CRTPO has additional information on their website.

NCDOT Resurfacing- NCDOT project. NCDOT has contracted out several resurfacing projects within Matthews.  These areas included Pineville-Matthews Road, from Sardis Road to John Street; and East John Street from Trade Street to Friendship Drive. Except for some cleanup work, this project has been completed.

Railroad Parking Lot Improvements- Matthews Project. The state legislature this past session gave Matthews $94,240 to revitalize a portion of our downtown.   This money supplements the $72,000 that the Board put in the CIP to make the improvements.  Improvements to the parking lot include creating a 10’ pedestrian path along one side of the parking lot, installing stairs from the parking lot up to Bank Street, resurfacing the parking lot, and improving landscape in the area.  The estimated cost of this project is $105,000. Any remaining funds will be put toward future projects. Parts of it were delayed due to Hurricane Matthew.  This project was completed in August 2017.

Reverdy Signal- Private developer project.  As part of the Carmel Baptist Church expansion project, they are adding a signal to Reverdy Lane at NC 51.  Signal installation is complete. Charlotte oversaw this project and will maintain the signal.

- Mecklenburg County Project. Located at 1505 Tank Town Road, this project is a $32M athletic complex for field sports and includes adjoining privately held land for a Family Entertainment Complex. The project is being constructed jointly with the County.  The Town of Matthews agreed to invest $2M in the project. Phase I of this project included five multi-purpose fields, a shelter area and a playground built in tribute to the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Ultimate build-out includes 12 fields, including a stadium that sits approximately 2,700 people, with the capability of further seating expansion. The Grand Opening of the Sportsplex was held June 17, 2017 with Charlotte Independence’s first match at the stadium.  Matthews received $1M from the general assembly for fiscal year 2017; and, with an additional $400K from each the Town and the County,
 will be used to expand the seating capacity for the stadium.

South Trade Street Widening (U-5804A)
- Matthews Project. The contract was awarded to Sealand Contractors Corporation for $4.2M.  The original completion date was March 19, 2016.  This was delayed by utility relocations and other issues. This is a Town-funded project on an NCDOT road.

Talbot Court Extension- Private Developer Project. This extension is being constructed as part of the Plantation Village project. This was a privately funded roadway and has been turned over to the Town for maintenance.

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