Shelby Bypass update

SHELBY — In June, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a contract for two sections of the U.S. 74 Bypass in Cleveland County from east of Pleasant Ridge Road to east of N.C. 226.

The $33,122,504 contract was awarded to E.S. Wagner Company, LLC, of Piedmont, S.C. Construction on the five-mile stretch of the U.S. 74 Bypass can begin as soon as June 30, with completion scheduled for January 2018.

Once completed, the U.S. 74 Bypass will be a four-lane, divided highway built to interstate standards. The new highway is designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and increase connectivity between Interstate 26 and Interstate 85.

Construction on the first section of the U.S. 74 Bypass started last year.

This is one of the 14 road and bridge contracts worth $82.5 million recently awarded by NCDOT for projects across North Carolina. The contracts were awarded to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The low bids received on the projects were 5.5 percent, or $4.5 million, below NCDOT estimates.

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is building an 18.5-mile four-lane divided highway from east of Mooresboro to west of Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain.

The U.S. 74 Shelby Bypass will help improve traffic flow through and around Shelby by providing a controlled-access route, meaning the roadway will only be accessible at signalized interchanges.

Future traffic projections indicate that without the improvements to U.S. 74, traffic conditions would become too congested and increasingly unsafe. Traffic delays on the existing highway would continue to grow, as would the accident rates.

The bypass is anticipated to generate new economic development, as well.


Project Highlights

The Shelby Bypass is being built in six sections:

  • R-2707AA: is a 2-mile section that begins west of Peachtree Road and ends east of Kimbrell Road near Mooresboro. Work on this portion of the project began July 2013, and opened to traffic in September 2016. Vegetation and landscaping work will continue through March 2017.
  • R-2707AB: 1.9 miles east of Kimbrell Road to east of Plato Lee Road near Lattimore. The estimated construction cost is $14.1 million. The project was let for construction in June 2014.
  • R-2707B: is a 1.9-mile section that begins east of Kimbrell Road and continues to east of Plato Lee Road near Lattimore. Work on this section began July 2014 and is scheduled for completion in August 2017.
  • R-2707C: is a 5.3-mile section that begins east of N.C. 226 and continues to west of N.C. 150 heading northeast of Shelby. The construction contract for this section is expected to be awarded in May 2017.

Three sections of the project are not fully funded:

  • R-2707D: is a 4.1-mile section that begins west of N.C. 150 and continues to U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road, east of Shelby.
  • R-2707E: is a 2.6-mile section that begins at U.S. 74 west of Long Branch Road and continues to west of Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain.

Project News Releases

SHELBY – As construction on the U.S. 74 Bypass in Shelby continues to progress, the N.C. Department of Transportation closed a portion of Plato Lee Road to begin work on the newest section of the Cleveland County project.

On Monday, July 21, Plato Lee Road closed from Beaver Dam Church Road to Artee Road. Local access to all residences and businesses will be maintained during the road closure.

A signed detour is in place to help motorists navigate the closure. Motorists traveling east on West Dixon Boulevard will take Washburn Switch Road to Hoyle Road/Artee Road, where they can turn onto Plato Lee Road. Motorists traveling south on Plato Lee Road will reverse the detour.

The closure is expected to remain in place for six months while crews construct a bridge that will carry traffic over the new bypass.

Construction on the U.S. 74 Bypass started last year. A $33 million contract for the next two sections of bypass construction was awarded this spring.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Construction contract awarded June 2013 (R-2707AA)
June 2014 (R-2707AB, R-2707B)
May 2017 (R-2707C)
Construction begins July 2014 (R-2707AB, R-2707B)
July 2016 (R-2707AA)
Construction complete September 2016 (R-2707AA)
August 2017 (R-2707AB, R-2707B)

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change