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Analysis: Why the race for mayor of Cornelius appears to be going down to the wire

Nov. 13. [Analysis] By Dave Vieser. It was almost 10:45 pm on Election Night when the last of the unofficial results came in from the Mecklenburg Board of Elections showing incumbent Woody Washam with a 13-vote lead over challenger Denis Bilodeau. Did anyone think it would be this close? While residents await the final official […]

CATS has a new bus from Uptown to North Meck

Oct. 6. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) has added a new afternoon bus to its popular North Mecklenburg Express Route 77x, which will leave Charlotte at 3:20 pm weekdays. This is the bus route which serves the Cornelius Park and Ride lot on Jetton Road Extension/Sefton Road. The change follows customer survey results whereby […]

Traffic on W. Catawba

Survey: NC ranks fifth for driving; Charlotte, 35th for congestion

Jan. 17. With traffic congestion costing US drivers an average of 51 hours and $869 during 2022, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States to Drive in. NC came in at No. 5, with Iowa in the top spot for the best state to drive, followed by Georgia, Ohio […]

Commissioner calls for more local authority for some transportation issues

Jan. 9. By Dave Vieser. Cornelius Town Commissioner Denis Bilodeau says he will push for more local authority to address smaller transportation solutions “that have big results.” He’s a member of the town’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) as well as the Charlotte Regional Planning Transportation Organization (CRPTO). Quality of life issues “To put it mildly, […]

CATS Alternative Commuting: The future of local transit?

CATS on-demand pilot program coming to N. Meck

Dec. 7. By Dave Yochum. The Charlotte Area Transit System plans to test an on-demand service that would allow local travelers to call for a ride in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. The goal would be to replace the lightly used Village Rider service in North Mecklenburg. The pilot program will be offered through a mix […]


West Catawba widening may be delayed 3 years

Oct. 11. By Dave Vieser. West Catawba widening from Jetton Road to Sam Furr may not be completed until 2029, delaying the completion of the $52 million project by another three years. It means motorists will continue to endure single-lane travel in each direction for another six to seven years. What happened? Right-of-way acquisitions and […]


Construction ahead: Where road work begins in 2022

Jan. 25. By Dave Vieser. First, the good news: Multiple road improvements are expected to begin in 2022—much of it involving relocating utilities. The bad news: Most of the projects will not be completed by year-end 2022 and the timeline may be extended even further if the NC Dept. of Transportation runs out of  money. […]

Ruh-road: Appraiser shortage affects NCDOT acquisition of rights of way

Oct. 11. By Dave Vieser. As if the funding issues aren’t enough, a shortage of appraisers at the NC Dept of Transportation is playing havoc with the acquisition of property for major road projects such as the widening of West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius. “There is a national and state appraiser shortage,” said NCDOT spokesman […]


Nightmare on W. Catawba?

UPDATED Oct. 4. By Dave Vieser. The long-awaited widening of West Catawba Avenue between Jetton Road and NC Highway 73 will ultimately bring a new four-lane divided highway to the very busy western Cornelius corridor. Getting there however may prove to be a real test of wills for drivers and pedestrians. The NC Dept. of […]


Why Lake Norman should support a transportation sale tax

GUEST OPINION. Last week Lake Norman Chamber CEO Bill Russell explained why the chamber is opposed to the proposed sales tax increase for transit in Mecklenburg County. Olee Joel Olsen, a business owner and member of the chamber, disagrees. Here’s why. Feb. 8. By Olee Joel Olsen. As the Lake Norman region grows, our traffic […]