SHELBY – A new portion of the Shelby Bypass will open to drivers on Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting. The 5.6-mile segment extending from Peachtree Road to N.C. 226 is expected to open by 5 p.m.
Work on the $19 million contract started in April 2018. It included paving, grading and installing signals and overhead signs to this section that was already built out but needed final surfacing and other elements.
Another segment under construction between N.C. 226 and west of N.C. 150 is scheduled for completion in 2022. The final two sections are scheduled for construction in 2024, extending the bypass to west of Stony Point Road at U.S. 74 Business in Kings Mountain.
When complete, the 18.5-mile, four-lane divided bypass from east of Mooresboro to Kings Mountain will improve mobility through and around Shelby. The project will also improve safety by reducing congestion and crash rates on U.S. 74.
Motorists are encouraged to pay attention when approaching the work zone, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.