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Hundreds march on bridge for toll protest

April 28. By Dave Yochum. More than 200 people descended on the Exit 28 bridge on a hot Friday afternoon to protest the $650 million, 50-year contract with Cintra. There was consistent support from passersby who gave a thumbs up and blew their horns on the third anniversary of the first toll protest, the first […]

Mercator Advisors will review Cintra contract

March 31. A company that was part of a team led by Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras and Zachry Construction Corp.—to develop the first phase of the Trans-Texas Corridor—has been selected to review the I-77 Express Lanes contract. NC Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon said Mercator Advisors will conduct an in-depth, outside review. Mercator has not been involved in the $650 […]

Meeting tonight on Torrence Chapel/Catawba improvements

A public meeting on how to improve the Torrence Chapel/West Catawba Avenue area is 6:30 pm at Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend and discuss the proposed alternatives which include roundabouts. The Town is partnering with NCDOT on the study, according to Assistant Town Manager Andrew Grant. WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, an engineering firm, will run the meeting. After their […]

Meeting Oct. 20 for Torrence Chapel/Catawba intersection

A public meeting on possible improvements to the Torrence Chapel/West Catawba Avenue intersection will be held on Thursday Oct. 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Town Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend and discuss the proposed alternatives being considered. The Town is partnering with NCDOT on the study. WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff will run the meeting and provide a presentation at 6:30. Following the consultants’ […]

Jetton Safety Study

Jetton safety study options unveiled at Town Board

Sept. 21. By Dave Vieser. An $11,400 safety study designed to address ways to improve traffic safety on Jetton Road between West Catawba Avenue and Charlestowne Lane suggests a partially closed median at the intersection of Old Jetton and Jetton, and erecting a roundabout at the intersection of Charlestowne Lane and Jetton Road. Town Board […]

Diverging Diamond lane closings update!

From Sunday, Sept. 11, through Thursday, Sept. 15, the left eastbound lane coming across the Catawba Avenue bridge is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. each night and to reopen at 6 a.m. the following morning. Because the ramp will remain open, one way for eastbound motorists to reach northbound I-77 will be to use South Hill Street, Vivian Lane and South Ferry […]

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NCDOT gets low marks for work on Hwy. 115

June 17. By Dave Vieser. Delays which caused road and rail work on NC 115 to run late, spreading beyond Thursday’s commuter rush to Friday afternoon, generated a new round of criticism from one local official already upset with the prospect of the DOT overseeing toll lanes on I-77. “In the 30 years I’ve spent as […]

N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte addresses the crowd

Tarte, business leaders, local officials call 11 am press conference

June 15. Just 17 hours after Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis muscled through a 5-0 no-confidence vote at Cornelius Town Hall, a former mayor of Cornelius will lead a press conference at 11 am today in Raleigh with another NC senator. Sen. David L. Curtis (R-Lincoln) and Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) will hold a press conference  regarding […]

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Mayor issues detailed response to furor over State Capitol visit

June 11. In a prepared statement, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis defended his trip to Raleigh, along with Davidson Mayor John Woods, in support of the controversial Public Private Partnership that is building toll lanes on I-77 between Charlotte and Lake Norman. Here are his comments: “On Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, at 5:15pm, I attended a meeting […]

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County Commissioner calls censured mayor’s behavior ‘traitorous’

June 11. ANALYSIS. By Dave Yochum. Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis chose June 8, “Town Hall Day” in the NC State Capitol, to express his personal views on widening I-77 to NC Sen. Philip Berger, the man who has so much to do with the ebb and flow of legislation in Raleigh. It was a peculiar […]

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