The Polkville Road Interchange study area is an area of approximately 2,139 acres (3.34 square miles) on the western side of the City of Shelby. The study area extends from Farmville Road and Barbee Road in the north, the First Broad River and Metcalf Road on the east, existing Dixon Boulevard/US 74 to the south, and the Brushy Creek in the west.
The study area is currently residential and rural in nature. However, there are a few commercial/industrial sites within the study area. The most prominent industrial site, the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, is at the heart of the Polkville Road interchange study area. One of the more commonly known commercial sites include the Ingles shopping center at the US 74/Dixon Boulevard and Polkville Road intersection.
Uncertainty related to the completion of the new US 74 Bypass and accompanying development is a concern to residents of the study area and surrounding areas. Growth is likely to occur around the interchanges of the new Bypass, but the existing plans for the City of Shelby and Cleveland County do not specifically address plans for this growth.