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Cars slowly drive north on Interstate 77 past construction on the median near exit 23 in Huntersville during the initial phase of the recent construction. 

More than 1,700 projects are included in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s final draft of its 2020-2029 Statewide 10-Year Transportation Plan, which was released this week. That plan includes a widening project for North Carolina Highway 150 in Iredell County.

For Iredell and Catawba counties, the plan states plans for widening of North Carolina Highway 150 from Harvel Road to I-77. The plan includes replacing the bridge over I-77 with construction set to start in 2020.

The draft plan includes projects across all transportation modes and in every county in the state. The Board of Transportation is expected to consider final approval of the draft plan at its September meeting.

“ Delivering these projects is critical to connect the communities in our division,’ said Division 12 Engineer Mark Stafford. “ They will enhance safety and mobility through the region.”

In Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, there are 136 projects. Among the other area improvements planned are:

In Catawba County, widen U.S. 321 from U.S. 70 to U.S. 321A, construction starts in 2021;In Gaston County, widen U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) from Market Street to Alberta Avenue, also replacing the bridge over the South Fork River, construction starts in 2022.

The complete list can be found on the NCDOT website.

The department's 10-year transportation plan is updated every two years. Projects scheduled in the first six years of the plan are considered committed and are not re-evaluated when a new plan is developed. Projects in the final four years of each plan are prioritized again based on technical data, as well as input from local officials and residents.

The overall statewide list includes 1,319 highway projects, 86 aviation, 234 bike and pedestrian, six ferry, 23 public transit and 50 rail projects selected on statewide, regional and division levels. The projects were prioritized based on technical data as well as input from local officials and residents.

Included in the draft STIP plan are more than 200 projects worth about $2.5 billion that are expected to be awarded in fiscal year 2019-2020.

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