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Mooresville to begin $8.9M in road, sidewalk improvements

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Mooresville is starting on $8.9 million in badly needed road and sidewalk improvements.

The Mooresville Board of Commissioners on Thursday night unanimously agreed to improve five chronically congested intersections, build sidewalks on Patterson Street and Moore Avenue and near Mooresville High School, and complete the four-lane widening of Williamson Road at Lake Norman.

The commissioners also agreed to put $1.9 million into building a connector road linking Mazeppa and Cornelius roads. The new road will vastly improve 18-wheeler access from the town’s industrial parks to Interstate 77, town officials said. The rigs would no longer have to use traffic-clogged N.C. 150.

The connector road will also provide greater incentive for the state to build an Interstate 77 Exit 38 at Cornelius Road, north of N.C. 150 Exit 36, Mayor Miles Atkins said.

The $8.9 million will come from general obligation bonds that voters approved in May, including $20 million for transportation projects and $10 million for recreation improvements.

Commissioners on Thursday agreed to begin improving the intersections of N.C. 150 and Talbert Road, N.C. 115 and N.C. 150, N.C. 115 and Faith Road, N.C. 150 and N.C. 801, and Main Street and Statesville Avenue.

Some of the projects are eligible for 80-percent federal reimbursement because they will improve air quality by reducing congestion.

All of the projects are expected to be completed in three years.

Commissioners will delay by several years putting $1.9 million into building the Mooresville stretch of the Mooresville-to-Charlotte Thread Trail network of greenways and bikeways.

Commissioner Lisa Qualls successfully objected to town staff putting the trail on the list of Phase 1 bond projects instead of Willamson Road. “We have traffic everywhere, and that’s what the voters asked for, traffic mitigation,” Qualls said. Willamson Road is the only Phase 1 project on the congested Lake Norman side of town, she said.

Commissioners, meanwhile, plan to spend $4.3 million in recreation bonds to redesign the town-owned, 1948 Mooresville Golf Course. The course will get new irrigation, a new driving range and practice area and a complete rework of all holes.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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