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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).

DENIS BILODEAU

Quality of life issues

“To put it mildly, the NCDOT is struggling at a new level of frustration,” said Bilodeau. “We should not accept that it takes 2-3 years to get a new crosswalk on West Catawba Avenue, or a week to fill a pothole. The town should have the right to run out and take care of these issues, even on state roads. These are important quality of life issues for our citizens.”

Potholes, for example

As an example, he cited a pothole on state maintained Westmoreland Road near the I 77 bridge, which lasted days before being filled.

Bilodeau said he envisioned that an arrangement whereby the town does the work and bills the state might work. He plans to discuss this and other options with the TAB at their meeting Jan. 10 at Town Hall.

“In summary, I would like to improve response time for minor road improvements,” he said.

The meeting at 6 pm tomorrow in Room 217 is open to the public.

Discussion

6 Responses to “Commissioner calls for more local authority for some transportation issues”

  1. That bunch of potholes on Westmoreland at the I-77 bridge was there a lot longer than a few days. Another project that could be a relatively easy fix that the Town could do that would have huge benefits would be to add a simple left turn lane for eastbound traffic on Westmoreland trying to go north on Statesville (by Tenders). Traffic on Westmoreland can be terribly backed up by only a few cars trying to turn left.

    Posted by Stevie | January 9, 2023, 1:39 pm
  2. Hello Denis
    Sounds like a great idea but I imagine the state has contracted other firms to do these jobs. Can you imagine what would happen if every municipality billed the state for these small jobs?
    Good Luck collecting from the state!

    Posted by James Simpson | January 9, 2023, 2:07 pm
  3. FINALLY, government addressing issues that help it’s local people. thank you Dennis!!!

    Suggest the state set billing rates for such repairs, and everyone bill per an agreed upon set rate.

    Posted by Jeffrey Shaw | January 9, 2023, 3:00 pm
  4. tired of the town fixing what they have done wrong ,,, westmorland and 21 intersection for example heading east ,,, common sense wouod have told u to put a left hand turning lane there heading north !!! all the people envolved with planning that should just step down !! from toll roads to this and everything in between. bad decisions = money wasted ☹️

    Posted by tom | January 9, 2023, 4:37 pm
  5. I support the efforts for more local control. It may cost us more in the short run, but getting nuisance problems fixed Quickly is likely worth it on a number of levels.

    Posted by Chris Vasiloff | January 10, 2023, 10:53 am

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