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US 29 / NC 49 Improvement Project
US 29 / NC 49
This project redesigned the 29/49 intersection and included work at I-85 Connector and University City Boulevard.

What's happened? Construction was completed 10 months ahead of schedule on October 26, 2011.

A Transportation Bond Project

The US 29/NC 49 Roadway Improvement Project improved safety, connectivity and opportunities for development within and in proximity to the project limits of North Tryon Street (US 29) from Orchard Trace Drive to Brookside Lane.  Project amenities included sidewalk, planting strips, storm water improvements, bicycle lanes and water main installations.  This project provides safer travel for all modes of transportation including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit.

The US 29/NC 49 project was approved in the 1998 State Transportation Bond referendum.  This project was originally supposed to be built as an interchange, however, the overall costs for the planning, design, land acquisition, and construction, exceeded the project budget.  

The project, completed 10 months ahead of schedule on October 26, 2011, consists of new at-grade intersections at the I-85 Connector and at University City Boulevard (NC 49).  In addition to improvements along North Tryon Street (US 29), the project connects the new intersection with University City Boulevard to a previously constructed interchange at I-85.
The goal of the project was to eliminate the dangerous weave where the I-85 connector joins US 29/NC 49 and constructing an at-grade intersection at US 29 and NC 49 improving overall safety in the area and minimizing impacts to property.     
Click here to view the University City Area Plan.


  • Eliminate weave where I-85 connector joins US 29/NC 49 to improve safety
  • Construct an at-grade intersection where US 29 and NC 49 split
  • Provide connectivity
  • Minimize impact to the community
Click here to visit the University City Partners website.

Cost:  $25,500,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fee, construction and landscaping.   

The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team managed the US 29 / NC 49 Improvement Project through a four stage process. Specific work was conducted during each stage with an emphasis on public involvement during the planning and design phases. Click here to learn how City projects are selected, designed and built.

29/49 Concept Plan (1 mb)

Next Steps:
The public involvement process included public meetings where the project team and citizens and businesses shared information and issues with each other.  Click on the links below to review previous communications on this project:

March 2006 Postcard (pdf format)
February 2005 Postcard (pdf format)
August 2005 Newsletter (pdf format)
September 2006 Postcard (pdf format)

Project Contacts:
Sonji Mosley, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-3214
Veronica Wallace, P.E., Transportation Project Manager, 704-336-7401