Lake Norman & Mooresville

Mooresville extending water and sewer lines over Lake Norman tributary

Mooresville is moving to expand its water and sewer services, planning to extend pipelines across a Lake Norman tributary to an area northwest of town that has already undergone some development.

The extension would take place while the state Department of Transportation replaces a bridge over Cornelius Creek, just west of Interstate 77, which is expected to begin early next year.

While it is small in scope – the lines would stretch only about 300 to 400 feet, to a point near Preston Road – it is the first time Mooresville would put in place water and sewer infrastructure on the west side of the waterway, said Barry McKinnon, public utilities director for the town. The lines would connect to existing pipes on the other side of the creek, on Bluefield Road, running 3 to 4 feet underground.

Under an agreement with the DOT that commissioners approved on Sept. 21, the department would attach the water and sewer lines to the Cornelius Road bridge. The extension is estimated to cost a little more than $160,000, which the town would fund with money from its utility fund.

“It just was a good time for us,” McKinnon said of the agreement, noting that the DOT approached the town about entering it.

The two-lane bridge was slated for replacement by the DOT, said Larry Carpenter Jr., a division construction engineer with the department. He noted that the new bridge will have the same number of lanes.

The DOT is moving to acquire right-of-way for the project, for which it could begin seeking bids in January, Carpenter said. Expected to begin soon thereafter, the project would take about 1  1/2 years to complete by the spring or summer of 2017, he added.

The area where the town plans to extend the water and sewer lines is already served by private utilities, but it was perhaps only a matter of time before Mooresville would have expanded in that direction, given that a development there is requesting annexation, said McKinnon.

As for whether it could see future development, “there is some interest,” said Kelsie Anderson, the town’s transportation engineer.

Jake Flannick is a freelance writer: