The landscape changes almost daily where the state is carving its newest Charlotte-area Interstate 77 interchange.
The absence of trees is probably the most noticeable difference in the past two months at the Brawley School Road bridge, where Exit 35 is being built.
Work on the new interchange is part of a $22.6million project to widen Brawley School Road to four lanes from Williamson Road to east of Winghaven Court, more than 1.2 miles. Winghaven Court is just east of the intersection of Brawley School and Talbert roads.
The state has already been widening a stretch of Brawley School Road on the other side of Williamson to relieve chronic traffic tie-ups on the rural two-lane route.
The state is using federal stimulus money to pay for the latest stretch, which includes the new exit, Gov. Bev Perdue announced last fall.
The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the contract for the latest leg to low bidder W.C. English Inc. of Lynchburg, Va. Completion is expected by July 1, 2013.
The new interchange is expected to relieve backups a mile north at Exit 36, which spills traffic onto often-bottlenecked N.C. 150.
Concord refurbishing old sewer mains; water use limited
CONCORD Some Concord residents are being asked to limit their water use as city crews begin refurbishing older sewer mains.
The project started last week with Eastover Drive, Hillcrest Drive, Parkview Drive, Tournament Drive, Boger Court, Ring Street.
The overall project is expected to take eight weeks and will involve 10,889 feet of pipe in various locations, city spokeswoman Deborah Clark said.
Workers are relining old pipes with a polyurethane resin material, which allows the pipes to be upgraded without digging up roadways and neighboring properties, Clark said. It's also less expensive, she said.
The city will contact residents who will be affected by the project at least 24 hours in advance through door hangars or the Connect CTY calling system, Clark said. Residents will be asked to limit their water use while the work is going on.
Details: Concord Wastewater Resources, 704-920-5353.
What's new with development in Davidson
DAVIDSON Planning Director Kris Krider issued an update on various development projects last week:
At the Villages of South Park on South Main, which ultimately will consist of 39 three-story townhomes, the first 12-unit townhome building along the east property line is nearly complete.
A model unit is scheduled to open in February.
Davidson Bay, phase one: Construction of the affordable housing duplex is complete, and a certificate of occupancy is expected in February.
To avoid the N.C. Department of Transportation's requirement to remove all street trees and on-street parking, the town assumed maintenance of Beaty Street.
Town staff, the developer and engineer are completing plans to modify the streetscape along Beaty in front of the existing townhomes.
Curb extensions are planned at Armour and Beaty and at Magnolia and Lakeside. Sidewalk work will be completed at Armour and Beaty, along with a small park.
"These improvements will make the intersections safer for motorists turning onto Beaty, pedestrians crossing Beaty, cars parked on Beaty, and increase the amount of green space," Krider said.
A bike lane will be added on the west side of the street.
At Rusher Market off Interstate 77 Exit 30, site work has resumed and will be followed by construction of the building.
Stowe's Corner: Town staff and the building's first-floor owner are reviewing plans for a temporary parking lot off South Street and more screening for a walk-in cooler for a future ground-floor tenant.
The developer of Mooney's Corner presented information from a design charrette report and a refined site plan to the Davidson Planning Board Jan. 25. The planning department will seek more input during a technical review and town board work session, before the department considers approving the plan.
Beaty Pond: Staff is meeting with Army Corps of Engineers officials to request financial assistance in planning for the future of the pond, which is on 18 acres off Beaty Street. The farm pond has silted in, and the dam is experiencing some erosion.