City Projects

City Projects


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Little Texas Road Sidewalk

The City of Kannapolis and North Carolina Department of Transportation held a public meeting regarding the construction of a sidewalk on Little Texas Road on January 26, 2021.

The Little Texas Sidewalk Project includes approximately one and half miles of sidewalk and pedestrian improvements along the east side of Little Texas Road and Ruth Avenue from Dale Earnhardt Boulevard to Lane Street. The project also includes improvements to the intersection of Ruth Avenue and Little Texas Road and roadway improvements along Ruth Avenue.

These improvement are designed to assist people to more easily walk or bike to the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses and school in this area. Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2024.

If you missed the meeting you are welcome to watch it at this link - Little Texas Sidewalk Public Meeting - YouTube


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Acquisition of Right-Of-Way Begins Summer 2023

Construction Begins 2024

16 to18 months after construction begins



Bethpage Road Sidewalk Construct 7-foot sidewalk, curb and gutter, and associated storm drainage along the south side of Bethpage Road from South Main Street to existing sidewalk at Leonard Avenue and along the south side of Bethpage Road from Westgreen Drive to Klondale Avenue

Design underway Summer 2023

Acquisition of Right-Of-Way TBD

Construction Begins TBD

Construction of North Main Street Sidewalk Construction of sidewalk 2025 TBD


  The West Avenue Streetscape and Infrastructure Project and the Atrium Health Ballpark are completed and open to the public.  VIDA, the mixed use district of apartments, commercial and restaurant space and a parking deck will open in February 2021. 

(See for complete details)
Fall 2017 Spring 2021


NCDOT Projects Updated Information on all NCDOT Projects is located at Below is an update on NCDOT projects in Kannapolis.    
Kannapolis Train Station Improvements Construction of a new passenger rail platform, pedestrian overpass and new parking adjacent to the station. 2022 TBD
 I-3802A NCDOT I-85 Widening Project Widening of I-85 to an eight-lane divided facility from NC Hwy 73 (Exit 55) to Lane Street (Exit 63) in Cabarrus County.  Underway 2021 complete
East First Street Bridge Replacement of the bridge on East First Street over U.S. 29 2022 TBD
Lake Fisher Bridge Replacement of the bridge on Brantley Road. TBD TBD
NC 3 - Mooresville Road Widening

Widening of Highway 3 to a 4-Lane cross-section from Kannapolis Parkway east to Dale Earnhardt Boulevard.  This project also includes the extension of approximately 12,300 linear feet of 12-inch waterline. Relocation of utilities is underway as NCDOT prepares for construction.

April 2021 Update

N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews are actively working on every section of N.C. 3 from Kannapolis Parkway to Loop Road, as work continues to widen the existing road to a four-lane divided roadway. Completion is currently scheduled for spring 2024.


Current operations include:

  • Soil cement stabilization from Beth Page Rd. to Rainbow Dr.
  • Fine grading in multiple areas From Beth Page Rd to Rainbow Dr., then from Rainbow Dr. to Cypress St. once the double barrel culvert near Bailey Street is backfilled.
  • Storm drain installation from Beth Page Rd to Rainbow Dr. and from Pine St. to Loop Rd.
  • Pouring concrete sidewalk and driveways from Boy Scout Camp Rd. to Marion Ave.
  • Sewer line tie ins continue.
  • Retaining wall construction; 3 walls ongoing and 2 are complete: All walls are between Cypress St. and Loop Rd.
  • Superstructure work for bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek.
  • Single barrel culvert work near Charlie Walker Rd.
  • Daily erosion and traffic control operations.
  • Contractor is also working through utility conflicts in project limits.
  • New bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek is complete toward Kannapolis Parkway. The existing bridge has been demolished. Crews are preparing to pour the concrete bridge deck on the bridge toward Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, so there will be two new structures over the creek.
  • Access for emergency vehicles and school/special needs buses will be maintained throughout construction.
 Spring 2018 2024
U.S. 29/601 Conversion of the existing interchange to a diverging diamond.  TBD TBD
NC 3 and US 29/601 Intersection Install U-turn bulbs on Cannon Blvd to remove left turns at the intersection of NC 3 and US 29/Cannon Boulevard. Includes sidewalk and mast arm utility poles. Improvement to storm drainage through Eastwood neighborhood  TBD TBD
Lane Street (I-85 to Jackson Park Road)

Reduce the number of travel lanes from four to two with a center turn lane. Bicycle lanes will also be added. Paving the street will occur after all work is completed.


The City's portion of the project includes water and sewer work and has been completed.

2020/Early 2021 City Portion of the Project

2021 NCDOT Begins Work

2923 complete
NC Rail North Kannapolis Railroad Crossing Work Construction of separated grade rail crossing at Rogers Lake Road at Main Street and Ridge Avenue.  2022   TBD
N.C. 73 Improvements (Mecklenburg & Cabarrus) Planning and design are underway to widen a 14-mile stretch of N.C. 73 from two to four lanes between N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) and U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties. 2023 Click here 
Rogers Lake Rd Grade Separation   2023 24-36 months after construction begins


Irish-Buffalo Creek Greenway Phase One (Construction) This is a 2.7 mile; 10 foot wide paved greenway trail which will connect Orphanage Rd. to Rogers Lake Rd. There is also a connection over to Oakwood Ave. Fall 2019 Completed and Opened in 2021
Rocky River Greenway One mile extension of the current greenway. It is a 10ft. wide paved greenway trail which will run along the Rocky River from the Mecklenburg County line to the NC 73 bridge. TBD TBD
Westside Park New park on the west side of the City. TBD TBD
Skateboard Park Public input meetings held in June and July of 2021. 2021/TBD TBD


Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) The City of Kannapolis is currently rewriting its Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).  The UDO includes development regulations that guide all residential, non-residential and open space development within the City.   The current ordinance is outdated and needs to be comprehensively updated to better implement the Move Kannapolis Forward 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The new ordinance, to be known as the “Kannapolis Development Ordinance (KDO)” will result in a development ordinance that is  internally consistent, modernized, aligned with contemporary zoning and subdivision best practices, and more user-friendly.  Fall 2019 Fall 2020/Effective 2021
Cannon Boulevard Corridor Plan The Cannon Boulevard Corridor Plan (CBCP) is a land use and transportation plan which will guide future redevelopment of Cannon Boulevard. The CBCP is intended to provide a long-range vision for the transformation of Cannon Boulevard into a 21st century thoroughfare. The plan will include strategic land use, transportation and design recommendations to facilitate this transformation. Cannon Boulevard (US 29) is a major transportation and commercial corridor which serves the City of Kannapolis, along with surrounding communities and the greater Cabarrus County/Rowan County area.  Fall 2019 2021


Mooresville Road Water Main Relocation/ Replacement Relocation of water and sewer as part of the NCDOT Mooresville Highway widening project. 2020 2022
Royal Oaks Rehab Replace and rehabilitate existing water and sanitary sewer lines. TBD TBD
Summit Ridge Sewer Replacement of an existing portion of sanitary sewer pipe along Chambers Branch on Summit Ridge Lane TBD TBD
Water Treatment Plant Alum Residuals Removal Dewatering and disposals of alum residuals which is a byproduct of the treatment process. 2020 2022
Mooresville Road Water Main Relocation/ Replacement   2020 2022
Water Treatment Plant Bulk Storage Tank Replacement Replacement of chemical storage tanks at the water treatment plant. 2020 2022
Kannapolis Dam Repairs and Improvements Repairs and upgrades to the concrete chute of the Kannapolis Lake 2020 2022
Rogers Lake Road Bridge Utility Relocations Relocation of utilities for the future NCDOT elevated grade crossing at Rogers Lake Road.  2020 2022
Lane Street Water Replacement Replacement of the water main on Lane Street as part of the NCDOT improvements on Lane Street.  2020 2021
Downtown Sewer Main Improvements Upgrade to the sewer main within the Irish Buffalo Creek basin. 2020 2022
Kannapolis Crossing: Water and Sewer Extension(I-85 Exit 65) Water and sewer extension in southern Rowan County for future growth area at the new NCDOT I-85 interchange.  2021 2023


  1st Phase completed. It includes approximately 50 signs throughout the City which will provide direction to the City's major attractions & facilities. 2nd Phase will be gateway monuments at the I-85 exits as part of the NCDOT widening project. Spring 2017 2022