Tired of having to use Highway 218 or the clogged Highway 74 to get to the beach? It might not be much longer before the Monroe connector is built. On Wednesday, the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) endorsed Alternative D as the preferred alternative route for the Monroe Connector/Bypass and to support the proposed interchange at US 601. MUMPO is responsible for overseeing the development of the transportation system in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. The bypass is scheduled to open in 2013.Picture 1

Alternative D begins at I-485 and proceeds east along the existing alignment of US 74 until approximately one mile west of Indian Trail-Fairview Road. At that point it moves onto new location and proceeds east for approximately 19 miles and ties back into existing US 74 at a location approximately midway between the towns of Wingate and Marshville. The eastern portion of the alignment (from US 601 to the Wingate/Marshville area) uses right-of-way purchased for the Monroe Bypass project several years ago by NCDOT.

Alternative D has been selected by the NC Turnpike Authority as the recommended route and it has been identified as the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative (LEDPA) by environmental agencies.

The MUMPO, in cooperation with the State, develops transportation plans and programs for this area which includes: Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mecklenburg County, Mint Hill, Pineville, Indian Trail, Monroe, Stallings, Union County, Waxhaw, Weddington, Wesley Chapel and Wingate. The Transportation Plans: assist governing bodies and official agencies in determining courses of action and in formulating attainable capital improvement programs in anticipation of community needs; and, guide private individuals and groups in planning their decisions which can be important factors in the pattern of future development and redevelopment of the area.