Hopefully, we all knew about the construction on the “diverging diamond” interchange at Interstate 77 Exit 28. What many of us didn’t anticipate is how much the construction would affect our normal driving patterns.Despite the delays, the town is keeping us informed with flashing signs and updates online. When the construction is complete, we can exit off I-77 and drive home more quickly and safely.At the end of February, the N.C. Department of Transportation informed the town of some changes to the original construction schedule. There will be more daytime lane closures, and there may be some unexpected ones, due to the construction conditions. NCDOT said it would give the town as much notice as possible as to when these daytime lane closures will happen.For about a month, probably this summer, traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction across the I-77 bridge, getting us ready for the permanent traffic shift to the “diverging diamond.” Nighttime lane closures should stay the same as originally planned. They will begin no earlier than 9 p.m. Lanes will reopen by 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and by 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Occasionally, traffic may be stopped for up to 15 minutes. Access this website whenever you need help with traffic around that interchange: www.cornelius.org/index.aspx?NID=391. You’ll also want to subscribe to “General Town News,” on the same webpage, to get emailed notices of lane closures and the town’s Twitter account (@TownofCornelius) for updates. You can call Cornelius Project Manager Tyler Beardsley at 704-892-6031 ext. 127 with questions.Save dates for Easter events• “A Morning with the Easter Bunny,” a free event for preschoolers, will take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 11 at the Cornelius Arts Center. It will have seasonal crafts, refreshments and a visit from the Easter bunny.• For families with children ages 3-12, “Hop into Spring” will be 2-4 p.m. o April 12 at Bailey Road Park. Bring your baskets to collect toy-filled eggs. The event will include arts and crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, a balloon artist, face painting, a disc jockey and a visit from the Easter bunny.
Friday, Mar. 14, 2014
Keep posted on additional traffic delays at I-77 Exit 28
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