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Project Fast Facts
  • County: Union
  • Type of Project: New Location and Widening
  • STIP Number: U-3467
  • Cost: $39 million
  • Start of Construction: Fall 2016
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Description

NCDOT is proposing to extend Rea Road (SR 1316) from Providence Road (NC 16) east to Weddington Road (NC 84) on a new location, and then widen Weddington Road (NC 84) from the Rea Road Extension tie-in to Indian Trail-Waxhaw Road (SR 1008). The proposed project is approximately 3.8 miles long.

The project is included in the Draft 2013-2023 NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) as project U-3467.

The purpose of the proposed project is to improve the mobility and connectivity of Weddington Road (NC 84) in the project study area.

News and Updates


NCDOT held a Citizens’ Informational Workshop and a local officials meeting on June 25, 2013 at Weddington Middle School to discuss the project, inform people about the planning process, and gather feedback related to the proposed alternatives and the community’s vision for this facility.

As a result of feedback received through the public involvement process, a second new location/improve existing alternative (Alternative C) has been added to the Project Alternatives.

NCDOT attended the Town of Weddington's Special Town Council Meeting on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Weddington Town Hall to discuss the project and obtain their feedback.


Project Overview and Purpose

The Rea Road Extension project is located in Union County in the Town of Weddington and the Village of Wesley Chapel. NCDOT’s Draft 2013-2023 STIP includes the proposed project construction phasing as follows:

  • U-3467 A – Constructs two lanes on four lanes of right-of-way from Providence Road (NC 16) to Weddington Road (NC 84). The current schedule includes right-of-way acquisition in the fall of 2016 and construction in the fall of 2018.
  • U-3467 B – Constructs two additional lanes from Providence Road (NC 16) to Weddington Road (NC 84). Right of Way and Construction of this section is currently unfunded.
  • U-3467 C – Widens Weddington Road (NC 84) to Indian Trail-Waxhaw Road (SR 1008). Section C is currently unfunded for right-of-way acquisition and construction.

Project Purpose

The purpose of the proposed project is to improve the mobility and connectivity of Weddington Road (NC 84) in the project study area.

Why is this Project Needed?

  • The proposed project would provide a more direct link between southwestern Union County, southeastern Mecklenburg County, and the City of Charlotte; it would provide an alternate route to I-485 and Charlotte, enhancing regional travel options.
    Currently vehicles traveling west on Weddington Road (NC 84) to Rea Road (SR 1316) must turn left onto Providence Road (NC 16), travel approximately 0.75 mile, then turn right onto Rea Road.
  • The proposed project would provide additional traffic capacity on Weddington Road (NC 84) in the project area.
    Traffic volumes in 2035 are expected to exceed capacity on Weddington Road (NC 84) in the project area. As a major connection between Union County and Mecklenburg County/Charlotte, Weddington Road (NC 84) already experiences high traffic volumes.
  • Other Desirable Outcome/Secondary Benefit
    • The proposed project would include improvements that can be expected to result in a safer facility.
      The crash rate for Weddington Road (NC 84) in the project area exceeds the statewide average crash rate.

Project Alternatives

The current project alternatives are included on the Project Alternatives Map.

  • Alternative A (New Location and Widening): Alternative A would extend Rea Road (SR 1316) on new location from Providence Road (NC 16) east to Weddington Road (NC 84) [Relocate NC 84], and then widen Weddington Road (NC 84) from the Rea Road Extension to Indian Trail-Waxhaw Road (SR 1008).
  • Alternative B: Alternative B would widen Weddington Road (NC 84) from Providence Road (NC 16) to Indian Trail-Waxhaw Road (SR 1008).
  • Alternative C (New Location and Widening): Alternative C would extend Rea Road (SR 1316) on new location from Providence Road (NC 16) south and east to Weddington Road (NC 84), and then widen Weddington Road (NC 84) from the Rea Road Extension to Indian Trail-Waxhaw Road (SR 1008).

As more information becomes available through data collection, field studies and public input, these alternatives may be modified and new alternatives may be added.

The proposed project is expected to be a boulevard-type facility with a limited number of driveways and intersections to help increase traffic flow. The current alternatives include a four-lane divided roadway with 12-foot inside travel lanes, 14-foot outside lanes (to accommodate bicycles), a 23-foot raised median, curb and gutter, and 10-foot berms. The possible inclusion of sidewalks as part of the proposed project will be coordinated with the local jurisdictions. The anticipated posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

Project Highlights

The proposed project is included in the Western Union County Local Area Regional Transportation Plan [NC 84 Relocation (Rea Road Extension)] as the No. 1 High Priority Recommended Thoroughfare Plan project.

In August 2012, NCDOT began the environmental planning for STIP Project U-3467 under NCDOT’s new streamlining process. In November 2012, a scoping meeting was held with state and federal environmental agencies to introduce the project and discuss potential concerns and resources. The project will follow a modified Merger Process with a Merger Team meeting for Concurrence Points 2A and 4A.

A Public Meeting was held on June 25, 2013.

Current Project Schedule

• Environmental Assessment Summer 2014
• FONSI Fall 2015
• Right-of-Way Acquisition for U-3467 A Fall 2016
• Construction for U-3467 A Fall 2018
• Right of way and construction for U-3467 B & C Unfunded

Project Development Process

Any state or federal agency proposing a project that uses public funds and may have a potential detrimental environmental effect must comply with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under SEPA/NEPA, agencies are required to evaluate the environmental impacts of their proposals. The evaluation follows a project development process that can be divided into several steps as described in the STIP No. U-3467 Project Development Process.

Contact Information

To have your name added to the project mailing list, please get in touch with one of the project contacts or submit your information via the project Contact Us form below.

Marshall Edwards
Project Development Engineer

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 707-6019
  • Address: 1548 Mail Service Center,
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1548

Liz Kovasckitz, AICP
Mulkey Engineers & Consultants

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 858-1808
  • Address: 6750 Tryon Road,
    Cary, NC 27518

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.