2.0 Historical Development
Huntersville has long recognized both the need for and value of long-range transportation planning and improvements to the local transportation system. Initial transportation investment began prior to the Civil War with the Atlantic, Tennessee, and Ohio rail line from Charlotte to Statesville with reconstruction in 1871.
Subsequent investments occurred through the North Carolina Highway Department in the 1920’s and after County roads were turned over to the State in 1931.
While development of the transportation network in Huntersville has occurred over the past 100 years, many of the significant road improvements have occurred since 1970, including construction of Interstate - 77 (and interchanges at Gilead Road - Exit 23 and Sam Furr Road - Exit 25), I-485 from I-85 South to I-77 North, Sam Furr Road (NC 73), and numerous local streets.
Citizen Survey: 95% of residents surveyed either agreed or strongly agreed with the need to “Plan, prioritize and fund needed road improvements.”
Looking to the Future
Along with development of the local transportation network has come the challenge to fund and maintain this network to accommodate the travel demands placed upon it. Over the next 20 years, the ability to pay for needed transportation system improvements that reflect the community vision will continue to dominate the discussion regarding not only how to meet the mobility needs of those who currently use the system, but also for those who will use the system in 2030. The success with which this challenge is met will in large part define the quality of life and economic vitality of the Town of Huntersville.
Prior to 2003, all transportation investments in the Town’s sphere were controlled and funded by either NCDOT or the private sector. The Town’s citizens began to invest directly in their transportation system with the approval of an $8.5 million bond package for transportation in 2003. In 2007, a $20 per vehicle fee was enacted to create a Transportation Reserve Fund for smaller, high impact projects and debt service. Partnerships are being crafted to leverage these funds and deliver projects.