'Split Diamond' would create major changes for drivers in Huntersville

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — Major changes are in the works for thousands of motorists who drive through a busy Huntersville intersection every morning.

The state wants to create a new traffic pattern called a "Split Diamond" along Sam Furr Road at Interstate 77.

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The Department of Transportation wants to give drivers more access points to I-77, and widen Sam Furr Road.

Just north of Sam Furr Road, a bridge would be built over I-77 with roundabouts at each end that would flow into the on- and off-ramps, and connect to Caldwell Creek Drive.

Lanes would be added to widen Sam Furr Road.

Another bridge would be built south of Sam Furr Road to connect to the I-77 off-ramp and would include a roundabout.

Those ramps would be linked to Statesville Road and Northcross Drive.

NCDOT officials said the project is meant to improve access and help reduce congestion in an area with a growing population.

There is a public meeting on the project Monday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Meadow Lake Church.

Construction is expected to start in 2020.

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