Lake Norman & Mooresville

Fast work opens Exit 28 interchange at I-77 in Cornelius

All traffic lanes are open for the diverging diamond interchange at the bridge over Interstate 77 at Exit 28.

Now that traffic is moving, most of what’s left to do are improvements to make the area look nice.

Here’s what’s finished: Overhead utilities are buried; the pedestrian islands are lined with brick and granite and have colored concrete sidewalks and borders; the traffic signal masts and cables are up; the center median has decorative concrete walls; and the guard rail is finished.

Phase I of what’s still to be done will be completed first. Those improvements will be landscaping, lighting in the center median and masts, and installation of signposts. Phase II of the remaining work is masonry abutments and landscaping at the interstate and ramp level.

Some roadway construction items remain to be done: the permanent and directional lane markings, road reflectors showing the travel lanes, and control of erosion.

Here’s a thank-you to the crew that installed the masts and cables last weekend. We were told the bridge would be closed from midnight Jan. 9 to 6 a.m. Jan. 12.

My family planned our weekend around not being able to cross the bridge to get to the other side of Cornelius. Luckily, the weather held out and the crew worked quickly, because by late Jan. 10, the bridge was open.

Thank you, Bradford Farm

I take pride in always being open to learning something new. Last week, I learned about vegetables.

I went to Bradford Store out on N.C. 73, planning to buy some turnips, which they grow there on the farm. When I got there, I found out they sold both turnips and rutabagas. I didn’t know there was a difference.

When roasted, I learned, rutabagas turn out more golden and sweeter than turnips. A rutabaga is a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. In fact, what I’ve been eating my entire life has been rutabagas, even though at many local grocery stores, I’ve bought vegetables marked “turnips.”

So thanks to the explanation I got from the people at Bradford Store, I bought both, and I cooked both separately.

Now that I know the difference, I also know I like eating both turnips and rutabagas. So I don’t care, in the future, which one I buy. But at least I know there is a difference.