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.


Express Lanes on U.S. 74 (U-2509) - 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. The cost for both segments is approximately $406 million. NCDOT has more information about the project here.

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.

Express Lanes on I-485 (I-5507) - NCDOT proposes to add one express lane in each direction of I-485 between I-77 and U.S. 74. The $203 million project is scheduled for construction in FY 17. NCDOT has more information about the project here.

N.C. 51 Widening (U-5763/U-5007) - Two projects will add capacity to N.C. 51. The first will widen the roadway between Sardis Road and John Street, funded for right of way acquisition in FY 18. The second project will add lanes between Matthews-Mint Hill Road and Lawyers Road. Right of way acquisition would start in FY 22 and construction would start in FY 24-25.

NC-51 and Idlewild Rd. Roundabout (U-5115) - This $1.6  million project consists of a new roundabout at the intersection of Idlewild Road and Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  It is currently in engineering design and will be designed to fit with the future widening of Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  The project will be administered by the NCDOT with 20 percent funding provided by the Towns of Matthews and Mint Hill.

NC-51 Superstreet (U-5611) - This $675,000 project will construct a superstreet design along N.C. 51 near Butler High School and will include a 10-foot multi-use path near the school.   This is a joint NCDOT -Town project with the Town contributing approximately $240,000.

I-485-Weddington Road Interchange (R-0211EC) - this project will add an interchange at I-485 and improvements to Weddington Road. Right of way acquisition should start in FY 17 and construction from FY 19-22. 

McKee Road Extension - Segment A (2.2 MB) of this proposed project will extend McKee Road from its existing terminus at Pleasant Plains Road to John Street.  Segment B (1.8 MB) will lengthen it to Campus Ridge Road.  Further segments will continue McKee Road to its final terminus at Independence Boulevard, near I-485.

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.

South Trade Street - Originally, this project widened South Trade Street between Fullwood Lane and Weddington Road.  The Town Board voted to narrow the scope and cost of the project so the widening did not include widening the culvert under South Trade Street.  The Town received bids for the revised section on September 11, 2014.  The apparent lowest bidder was Sealand Corporation with a bid of $4,223,641.93.  Their bid was brought to the Town Board of Commissioners' meeting September 22, 2014 and was approved. Construction is expected to start in January 2015 and wrap up in March 2016.  Widening the culvert under South Trade Street has been funded for $1.3 million in FY 16 (U-5804). Town funding will be required for sidewalks and greenway connection. 

Campus Ridge Road Realignment (U-4713-B)- This $1.7 million project will construct a road segment from East John Street and tie into the existing Campus Ridge Road, with the Town contributing $361,456. The environmental document can be found here.  An overall schematic of the road can be found here. A contract was awarded to Blythe Development in June 2015. Engineering is complete and right-of-way acquisition is underway. A separate "A" segment extending the roadway from John Street to Pleasant Plains Road is currently unfunded.

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 (as of June 2015) shows right of way acquisitions for Segments A and B in FY 20-22, and construction starting in FY 22. The total cost for building these segments is $58.2 million.

 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. 

Pavement Rehabilitation on I-485 between Rea Road and U.S. 74 (U-5318) - this project is scheduled for Summer 2015 to resurface both directions of I-485 in this area.

Bike lanes on Pleasant Plains Road from Trade Street to McKee Road (ED-5779) - Engineering should get underway in FY 19 with construction the following year. The Town will contribute $54,000 toward the project.

Multi-Use Path on Sam Newell Road from Rice Road to Crown Point Elementary School (EC-5783) - the Town will contribute $60,000 toward this project. Right of way acquisition is scheduled for FY 17 with construction the following year. 

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.  Groundbreaking on Phase Two is scheduled for June 2015.