Ongoing Projects

Long-Term Plans

Vision Statement: Our Town, Our Vision

Land Use Plan: A Guide for Growth 2012 - 2022

Downtown Master Plan: the plan for the downtown area which is based on seven principles that collectively reinforce the livability of the town center

Composite Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Parks and Recreation Master Plan: Evaluated recent changes throughout the community and initiated a public discussion on future park and recreation needs.

Long-Term Projects

Comprehensive Transportation PlanThe Towns of Matthews and Stallings undertook the development of this Transportation Plan together to ensure future plans for the area would support the needs of both Towns. Though the Towns are located in separate counties, residents and commuters share common roads and routes as they travel to work, shopping, recreational activities or visiting family and friends. A dramatic change of a route in Matthews could directly or indirectly affect residents in Stallings. This collaborative effort of the Towns intends to fully understand the travel patterns of all citizens and to develop project recommendations that would benefit the area as a whole.

Current and Pending Projects (as of Sept. 28, 2015)

Below is the current status of the project currently proposed or underway.  Please note that all completion dates are tentative and are highly dependent on weather conditions.

McKee Road Extension (U-4713)- This project is broken into several segments.   Segment A (2.2 MB) (U-4713A) of this proposed project will extend McKee Road from its existing terminus at Pleasant Plains Road to John Street. This section is unfunded with ROW and construction beyond 2025. Construction estimate is $6.8M.  Segment B (1.8 MB), Campus Ridge Road Relocation (U-4713B), will extend it from John Street to existing Campus Ridge Road. The environmental document can be found here.  An overall schematic of the road can be found here. Contract was awarded to Blythe Development at the June 8, 2015 Board Meeting.  The total construction cost is $1.7M, with the Town contributing $361,456 toward construction and construction oversight.  A preconstruction meeting was held August 4, 2015.  The clearing and grading for the project is underway.  Project contract completion date is April 2016, but they hope to be done in December. Segments C, D and E are proposed to further extend McKee Road to Independence Boulevard.  These projects are currently unfunded.

Charles Buckley Way- Contract was awarded to Sealand Contractors Corporation for $433,213.07. The contractor has installed the storm drainage, the aggregate base course (ABC) curb and sidewalk. Paving is expected around the end of September.  The completion date for this project is mid-October.

Matthews-Mint Hill Road Superstreet near Butler High School (U-5511)- The contract was awarded to J.T. Russell for $675k.  The Town has committed to $240k of this plus half of any overruns. A preconstruction meeting was held August 4, 2015.  The contractor has installed the storm drainage and begun widening on the south side of the road.  The contract completion date is mid-October.

South Trade Street Widening (U-5804A)- The contract was awarded to Sealand Contractors Corporation for $4.2M.  Curb and gutter on one side is complete and they are starting to pave on that side.  Windstream has hired a new subcontractor and they are currently installing the fiber and will then remove their poles.  This is expected to be done by the end of September.  Contract completion date is March 2016.

South Trade Street Culvert (U-5804B)- Due to the new flood plain maps being released and the CLOMR expiration, this project will have to go back through environmental reviews.  It is anticipated that construction on this project will begin in late 2016.  The Town and County will be responsible for costs associated with running the greenway under South Trade Street plus the associated greenway path.  Current cost estimate for the culvert is $1.3M.

2015 Resurfacing- The contract was awarded to Trull Contracting, LLC for $716,410.75.  The contractor has completed the FDR and paving in Matthews Estates and on West Matthews Street.  They have completed the full-depth reclamation (FDR) in the Oscar Drive area.  They will start FDR on Independence Pointe Parkway and Windsor Square Drive around 9/28/15.  All work on Independence Pointe Parkway and Windsor Square Drive will be done at night.  Resurfacing is continuing in the Oscar Drive area.  Additional storm structures are being installed in the Oscar Drive cul-de-sac. The project should be complete by the end of September.

Sportsplex-  Located at 1505 Tank Town Road, this project is a $32M athletic complex for field sports and includes adjoining privately held land for a Family Entertainment Complex. The project is being done jointly with the County.  The Town of Matthews has agreed to investing $2M in the project. Phase I of this project is open and includes five multi-purpose fields, a shelter area and a playground built in tribute to the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Ultimate build-out includes 12 fields, including a stadium that sits approximately 2,700 people, with the capability of further seating expansion. The contractor is currently grading for phase II. Project completion is anticipated to be August 2016.

Greylock Ridge Extension- The preliminary design for the roadway is done.  No funding has been identified to finalize plans or move toward construction.

Talbot Court Extension- This extension is tied to the first building C/O for Plantation Village.  Edifice Builders currently has the retaining wall being designed and then has to get it approved through Mecklenburg County.  Construction of the road is not likely to begin until November at the earliest.

Weddington Road/I-485 Interchange (R-211EC)- This will add an interchange at Weddington Road and I-485 and will also improve a section of Weddington Road. Funding for ROW should be in 2017 and construction in 2019-2022. Estimate is $20M.

Idlewild and Hwy. 51 Roundabout (U-5115)- This project has been fully designed.  It will be constructed in the summer 2016 and will require the closing of the intersection during construction. It was designed for the future widening of NC 51 (U-5007). Construction estimates are around $1.6M. Matthews and Mint Hill are responsible for a combined 20% match.

NC 51 Widening (Matthews Township Parkway to Lawyers Road, U-5007)- Widen to multi-lanes. ROW in 2022, construction in 2024. Budget is $35.1M.

NC 51 Widening (Sardis Road to E. John St./Monroe Rd., U-5723)- This project will widen NC 51 from four to six lanes, including a median and a multi-use path.  It is in the planning stages. ROW in 2018 and construction in 2020. Project estimate is $3.9M.

US 74 Widening and Express Lanes (U-2509B)- This project is broken into two segments. Segment "A" proposes express lanes between Conference Drive and Sardis Road North. Segment "B" proposes express lanes between Sardis Road North and I-485. Right of way acquisition is scheduled for FY 20-21 and construction is scheduled for FY 22-25. TNCDOT has more information about the project here. The project is currently in the planning stages.  ROW date is 2020.  Construction date is 2022-2025.  Project estimate for section B is $207M, with the total project estimate of $406M.

An additional project (U-5526) proposes to add express lanes on U.S. 74 from I-277 to Wallace Lane, with construction starting in FY 17. More information about the $17.5 million project can be found here.

Pleasant Plains Road Bicycle Lanes (Trade St. to McKee Rd., EB-5779)- ROW in 2019, construction in 2020.  Project estimate is $270k. The Town will contribute $54k toward the project.

Sam Newell Road Multi-Use Path (Rice Road to Crown Point Elementary, EB-5783)- ROW in 2017, construction in 2018.  Project estimate is $300k, with the Town contributing $60k.

I-485 Express Lanes (I-5507)- New express lane in each direction from I-77 to US 74. ROW and construction in 2016. Completion in FY 2019. Project estimate is $203M. NCDOT has more information about the project here.

Idlewild Road Widening (U-4913)- Widen Idlewild Road from I-485 to Stevens Mill Road. ROW in 2020, construction in 2021.  Project estimate is $7M.

Monroe Expressway (R-3329/R-2559)- this $840 million, 19.5 mile project is an all-toll facility from U.S. 74 east of I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 between Wingate and Marshville in Union County. Some construction activities are underway at the project's eastern terminus with a tentative completion set for 2018. NCDOT has more information about the project here.

John Street / Old Monroe Road Widening (U-4714)- This widening project is divided into three segments.  Section A is from its intersection with Trade Street in downtown Matthews to I-485. Section B is from I-485 to Waxhaw Indian Trail Road.  Section C is from Waxhaw Indian Trail Road to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road. 

The most recent schedule shows right of way acquisitions for Segments A and B in FY 2020-22, and construction in FY 2022-24, with Segment C unfunded.  The total cost for building these segments is $58.2M, with Segment A estimated at $17.4M.  However, due to new funding by the State Legislature, segments A, B and C may be constructed at the same time.

Since the project is receiving federal funds, it is required to have an Environmental Assessment (EA).  As part of the EA, the design team held a Charrette session for initial public input on August 27 through 29, 2013.  More information can be found here:

opening night presentation 

closing night presentation 

Charrette Summary

January 21, 2014 Public Meeting Material 

January 21, 2014 Meeting Summary

Public Meeting Display Boards

Meeting Handout

Meeting Comment Form

NCDOT Superstreet brochure

Presentation on June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014

John Street Conceptual Drawings - August 2014

Concept drawings

John Street Conceptual Drawings - September 2014

Concept drawings

Pavement Rehabilitation on I-485 between Idlewild Road and U.S. 74 - Two projects (I-5748 and I-5827) propose to resurface both directions of I-485 in this area. The first project is funded for FY 16 for $500,000 and the second is funded for FY 19 for $3 million.