Secretary Tennyson also toured the U.S. 74 Bypass under construction in Shelby. The project is divided into six sections – one opened to traffic last month and two are currently under construction. The department plans to begin constructing the fourth section in 2017, and the final two sections are expected to be funded in the state’s next 10-year transportation plan, which will be released in January 2017. Once complete, the 18.5-mile bypass will reduce future traffic congestion and increase safety and connectivity along the U.S. 74 corridor between I-26 and I-85.
The highway is being built to interstate standards and helps fulfill the Governor’s 25-Year Vision for transportation in North Carolina by strengthening highway connectivity from the mountains to the coast.
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