The Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission is urging Cornelius voters to support a $20.4 million bond package on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.The commission is a joint agency of the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson and Mooresville that advocates for all transportation improvements in the Lake Norman region.Three Cornelius bond packages will be on the ballot: Up to $11.15 million for road and intersection improvements and sidewalks; up to $5.25 million for parks and recreation projects; and up to $4 million for downtown development, possibly including a community/art center.In a resolution approved Oct. 9, commission members said the bonds “will improve mobility, mitigate congestion and facilitate access to recreational opportunities.”Citizen surveys in the Lake Norman region consistently rank traffic mobility and congestion as the top concern in the region, the resolution says.The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has also come out in favor of the bonds.Developer proposes 52-home Huntersville subdivisionThe Huntersville Board of Commissioners on Nov. 4 will consider a rezoning request by Epcon Communities to build 52 single-family detached homes in an age-restricted community on N.C. 73, directly south of Terry Lane.The development would be on 16.76 acres.Epcon is based in Dublin, Ohio, and has built housing communities in 18 states, including the Carolinas. Nearby Epcon communities include The Courtyards at Brawley Point, at Oak Tree and Brawley School roads in Mooresville; The Polo Club at Mountain Island Lake in Charlotte; and The Courtyards at Harrisburg in Cabarrus County.The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Huntersville Town Hall, 101 Huntersville-Concord Road.Brawley to tout Lake Norman region in Hungary State Rep. Robert Brawley, R-Mooresville, will tout the Lake Norman region on a trip to Turkey on Nov. 1-10.Brawley will be part of a delegation of up to about 20 N.C. legislators. Brawley said he is paying for his and his wife, Mary’s trip to Turkey.He hopes he will have the same success as when he visited South Africa in the mid-1980s and met with the head of BestSweet, now BestCo, a leading developer of consumer health-care products. The head of the company took Brawley up on his offer to visit Mooresville and later opened a plant in town. BestCo is now one of Mooresville’s leading employers.Exit 28 diverging diamond updateUtility burial has begun and completion is expected by Jan. 1 as part of the planned diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 77 Exit 28 in Cornelius, Town Manager Anthony Roberts said.The N.C. Department of Transportation’s roadway portion of the diverging diamond bid opening was held on Sept. 17, and a pre-construction meeting with the contractor is planned for late this month or early November, Roberts said.Construction will take two years, primarily because the town has encouraged the state to perform as much work as possible at night, to lessen the impact on residents and businesses, Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant has said.A diverging diamond intersection allows two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road while on the bridge. Once on the left side of the road, vehicles can turn left onto the I-77 ramps without stopping and without conflicting with through traffic. That makes such interchanges far safer than traditional interchanges and less traffic-clogged, transportation officials have said.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Transportation commission backs Cornelius bonds
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