—The N.C. Department
of Transportation today released an updated schedule for the
environmental study of the Monroe Bypass project in Mecklenburg and Union
counties, and is making strides in advancing the project.
The updated schedule is as follows:
supplemental environmental document –
comment period on draft supplemental environmental document – Summer 2013
supplemental environmental document – Late 2013
of Decision – Late 2013
Because of the updated schedule, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE) withdrew the project’s 404 environmental permit until an
updated construction timetable is established.
NCDOT will need to reapply for this permit before construction of the
road begins because it is a requirement for road projects that cross water or
wetlands. NCDOT will coordinate with the USACE once the environmental study is
complete and construction activities are able to resume.
NCDOT Division Engineer Louis Mitchell says the department
is committed to this project. “The bypass is important to regional mobility,
and we are working diligently to move it forward,” Mitchell said. “We also are
committed to full transparency and disclosure throughout each step of the
The Monroe Bypass is a proposed 19.7-mile long roadway on
new location from U.S. 74 at I-485 in eastern Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74
between the towns of Wingate and 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 that allows for high-speed regional travel, while
maintaining access to properties along existing U.S. 74. A design-build contract was awarded in
November of 2011; however, all construction activity is on hold until
NCDOT can complete the environmental study to comply with the court decision
resulting from legal challenges brought on by the Southern Environmental Law
For more information on this
project, visit the project website.