Huntersville, Target on path to fix traffic
With all the talk about problems at the N.C. 73 intersection near the Northcross Target, I had to take a peek for myself.
Co-workers warned me about going there – especially at 5 p.m. – but I figured that would open my eyes to why the town of Huntersville wanted to change the traffic flow there.
It didn't take long to understand the problem.
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Cars back up there, and anyone making a left turn into the Target parking lot from N.C. 73 had to weave around the stopped cars heading the opposite direction that were blocking the intersection. Within two minutes, I saw a car almost get hit as it dashed into the shopping complex.
But Huntersville officials and Target are on the right path to a compromise. The Huntersville town board approved rezoning for the complex last month; in turn, Target is expected to allow the access road to become a public street. That way, a traffic light can be installed, helping with the flow and the safety of motorists.
After what I witnessed, the sooner that's done, the better.
Getting up to speed
Lane closures expected on West Catawba
West Catawba construction continues, with intermittent lane closures expected later in the week.
According to Doug Barrick, the project manager for the town of Cornelius, crews are finishing up the final grading and installation of asphalt between Old Jetton Road and Bethel Church Road. He also expects crews to work on new lanes between Lake Norman Realty and the Kunkleman Road intersection.
New traffic lights are coming to Davidson
Use extra caution when heading through Davidson in the next few weeks. The N.C. Department of Transportation will test signal lights at the intersection of Griffith and Beatty streets starting Aug. 11. Those lights will feature a timed sequence that starts on Aug. 18.
Alexanderana Road closure starts Tuesday
Alexanderana Road will be closed from Twin Lakes Parkway to N.C. 115 starting Tuesday for grading and paving. The closure is expected to last until Aug. 15, but access to the Twin Lakes Business Park will be available during that time.