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Old 04-13-2008, 12:10 AM
 
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We just recently moved to Charlotte, NC and are starting to look at houses in the Monroe area. I currently work in Matthews by 51. I know the commute on 74 can be really bad if you are going farther north, but how about if I want to stop in Matthews? Or is there another good way to get to Matthews, I have been told to avoid 74 at all costs. Our other option might be Rock Hill area but I know 77 to 485 can be a pain.

Thank for any advice you can give me.
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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I'm not really familiar with the routes you're asking about, but I'll use this as an excuse to post my views on traffic.

If 74 is sooo bad that it should be avoided at all costs, why do so many people drive it? Answer: even with all the traffic, it's still the quickest way from point A to point B. Now, I don't know if this is true in this case or not, but I usually find that when people warn others about heavily travelled routes there's a reason that so many people take that route. If there were a better one, that's where the traffic would be.

My solution? I leave early enough that I'm never in a hurry. I have CD's and an iPod. I use the time to enjoy my favorite music and ponder life's big mysteries.

In other news... I love your user name. Go Tigers!
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:18 AM
 
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It really depends on where you are in Monroe. There are lots of back roads. You could take Secrest Shortcut Rd which runs into Idlewild into Matthews, or take 601 to Lawyers Rd. Traffic on 74 is bad, but Monroe to Matthews isn't a very long ride. Go to googlemaps.com and just type in Highway 74, Monroe, NC and you will see all the options. Out of curiousity, why not just look for homes in Matthews or Indian Trail areas - someplace closer?
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:02 AM
 
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We are looking all around the area. I really didn't think it would take too long to get to Matthews I just wanted to make sure. If we do move there I look forward to finding back roads to get to Matthews. We are looking in Matthews and Indian Trail and the surrounding areas too. I hear about the traffic on 74, but I never driven through it first hand.

Also, since I am fresh out of college it seems that there are more houses in the Monroe area in our price range than the others. I am really open to anything on the south side of Charlotte, our only concern is that we want a nice yard and quality schools near by.

Thanks for the input so far.
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Old 04-15-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Matthews
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The commute to Matthews isn't too bad. Nothing like going to Charlotte.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Union County
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It is pretty easy... unless there is an accident. The side (north or south) of 74 make a lot of difference. More options on the north side with Secrest Short Cut and Lawyers, and various other roads that cut through.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Union County
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My commute from Matthews to Monroe only takes 20 mins.

Old Monroe Road, up Sardis Church to Secrest Shortcut- takes you right into Monroe.

Where in Matthews are you headed?
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Old 05-23-2008, 12:30 AM
 
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Default Commute from Monroe to Matthews

30 minutes, tops.
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