Town of Matthews
 
Idlewild Road and N.C. 51 Construction Project Begins June 19
 
Posted on Thursday June 15, 2017
 
Construction is set to begin June 19 on a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) project to build a roundabout at the intersection of Idlewild Road and N.C. 51. The project is expected to be completed by September 8.
 


Matthews, NC – Construction is set to begin June 19 on a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) project to build a roundabout at the intersection of Idlewild Road and N.C. 51. The project is expected to be completed by September 8.

Beginning June 19, there will be temporary lane closures. On June 23, the project will require closing the entire intersection through August 18. The project will continue under lane closures until completion. Detour routes provided by NCDOT are listed below. A map of the project and the detour routes is available here.

To learn more about this project and other transportation projects in and around Matthews, please click on our
Transportation project webpage. For a map of what the completed roundabout will look like, click here.

The following detours will be posted for motorists:

Idlewild Road from Margaret Wallace Road:
Traffic will be detoured from Idlewild Road to Margaret Wallace Road. Motorists will turn right and follow Margaret Wallace Road to Sam Newell Road, turning left, following to U.S. 74 East. Staying east, motorists will take the ramp to the I-485 Outer Loop and follow to Idlewild Road (exit 49). A left turn will take motorists back toward the road closure, and a right turn will take motorists toward Hemby Bridge.

Idlewild Road from Union County:
Traffic will be detoured from Idlewild Road to the I-485 Outer Loop to Lawyers Road (exit 47). Motorists will exit the interstate and turn left, following Lawyers Road toward Mint Hill. Crossing N.C. 51, motorists will turn left at Lebanon Road, then bear right to Margaret Wallace Road. Drivers can then turn left on Idlewild Road toward the road closure, or turn right toward Harris Boulevard.

N.C. 51 from Mint Hill:
Traveling south on N.C. 51, motorists will turn left on Lawyers Road, following to Interstate 485, taking the exit to the Outer Loop toward Matthews. Motorists will exit to U.S. 74 West (exit 51A) and follow to N.C. 51. A left turn lets motorists continue south on N.C. 51 to Matthews, and a right turn will return traffic toward the road closure.

N.C. 51 from East Independence Blvd:
Traveling north on N.C. 51, motorists will turn right to access U.S. 74 East, following to Interstate 485, taking the Outer Loop toward Mint Hill. Motorists will exit at Lawyers Road (exit 47). At the exit ramp, motorists will turn left, staying on Lawyers Road toward Mint Hill, following to N.C. 51. Motorists can turn right on N.C. 51 to reach I-485, or turn left back toward the road closure.

More information on roundabouts, including how to use them when driving, can be found in this 
NCDOT brochure.



 

 
 
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