Project Design

Widening of one eastbound lane with the addition of a five-foot sidewalk


Project Funding

This project is listed as Project No. U-6043 in the NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program. 



Project Development & Design


Right-of-Way & Utility Relocation






* Costs are preliminary and subject to change

Project Timeline



Project Newsletter

Spring 2022

Environmental Document Complete - View Here

Spring 2022

Right-of-Way & Utility Relocation

Winter 2023



* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project History

Initial project coordination began in 2018 with initial outreach to local, state, and federal agencies to gather input on the proposed improvements. Technical studies were conducted in late 2018 and early 2019 to identify potential impacts to the human and natural environment and inform development of preliminary roadway designs. A project newsletter was mailed to residents in the project area in May 2019, in which two design alternatives were presented. Both options proposed constructing an additional eastbound travel lane. Option one would also add a 10-foot multiuse path and option two would also add a five-foot sidewalk along the south side of the roadway. Public comments received generally expressed support for the proposed widening and inclusion of either multimodal accommodations.

In August 2019, the U-6043 project was placed on hold due to statewide transportation funding constraints. Project development was reinitiated in late 2021, at which time additional coordination between NCDOT, City of Gastonia, and the Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization was conducted. As a result of these discussions, it was determined the project would move forward with option two, the addition of an eastbound travel lane and five-foot sidewalk, in order to minimize resource impacts along the project corridor. 

Project Comments


Due to Covid-19, NCDOT has suspended in-person meetings until further notice.

NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.  
The public is encouraged to leave comments using this website, email, or phone number.



Phone Number: 984-205-6615 enter project code 4935


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Do you have any comments or questions regarding the improvements to U.S. 29/U.S. 74 (East Franklin Boulevard) from Cox Road/Armstrong Park Road to just east of Lineberger Road?

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Project Contact

Lee Bryson, PE

NCDOT Division 12

P.O. Box 47

Shelby, NC 28151

984-205-6615  code 4935


Resources For Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  

Relocation Assistance Brochure                           Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure       Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

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