Our traffic lights have gone wireless, in a way.
Instead of having the ugly wires hanging across West Catawba Avenue, we now have beautiful green mast arms holding up our traffic lights.
Tyler Beardsley, project manager for the town of Cornelius, said that was part of the plan when West Catawba Avenue was widened. The new mast arms "continue to improve the aesthetic" of the town, Beardsley said.
"We needed to get the wires down," he said. "We spent a lot of money burying the utilities, and the wires were kind of an eyesore."
You may have noticed that the wires are gone all the way from the intersection at McDonald's to Jetton Road.
When I asked about the rest of the wires, on the west side of Interstate 77, Beardsley said, "With the construction of the new diverging diamond interchange (at Exit 28), the plan is to put mast arms up" for the traffic lights west of the highway.
A number of years from now, when Phase 2 3 of the town's development go into effect, more of the hanging wires will disappear, to be replaced with the green mast arms, all the way from N.C. 115 to Jetton Road.
Go to cornelius.org for more information on the diverging diamond interchange or on Phases 2 and 3.
Senior fun and fitness
If you are 55 or older, the Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville Parks and Recreation Departments, with the North Mecklenburg Senior Center, invite you to the fifth annual Lake Norman Senior Fun and Fitness Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at Jetton Park.
Spend the day and get your blood pressure checked; take a 1.4-mile fitness walk; try out 15 fitness stations; and eat a healthy lunch. Advance registration is $3 through Friday; registration on event day is $5. Call 704-892-4041.
For ages 18 and older, the Cornelius PARC Department presents a six-week Boot Camp 9-10 a.m. Saturdays at Bailey Middle School track starting this week. This outdoor fitness program offers fitness instruction, nutritional counseling and motivational training to help you reach your fitness goals.
Registration is $40 for Cornelius residents and $48 for others. Details: 704-765-1450; www.corneliuspr.org.
The PARC Department has planned fun activities for the week of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' spring break. To honor Earth Day, all week each participant will receive a tree sapling. Advance registration is required for each activity.
SK8 Clinic is 2:30-5:30 p.m. April 18 at the Board Room Skate Park. Ages 7-16.
Funky Fit, 10 a.m.-noon April 19, Bailey Road Recreation Center, provides a fun cardio-dance workout for ages 8 to 12.
"Spring into Art," 1-3 p.m. April 19 at the Cornelius Arts Center will have drawing, painting, collaging and more.
Open gym, 10 a.m.-noon April 20 at Bailey Road Recreation Center, will offer activities such as basketball, jump rope and table tennis.
The Bicycle Safety Rodeo, 10 a.m.-noon April 21 in the parking lot of J.V. Washam Recreation Center, will teach kids ages 5 to 12 about bicycle safety.
Celebrate Earth Day with PARC Day, 1-3 p.m. April 21 at Smithville Park. All ages are welcome to enjoy Nintendo Wii competitions, music, arts and crafts, and more.
Call 704-892-6031, ext. 160, or visit www.corneliuspr.org.