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Cornelius News

Construction on Jetton Road Ext. begins next month

Repaving Jetton/Sefton Park aka Jetton Road Extension, from W. Catawba to Liverpool

Sept. 19. Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board has approved a $2.89 million contract with Blythe Development of Charlotte for improvements to Jetton Road Extension from West Catawba Ave to Liverpool Parkway. The low bid from Blythe was actually $300,000 below the amount allocated for the project in this year’s budget.

Construction gets under way in October.

Jetton Road extension has become an increasingly popular alternative for motorists seeking to avoid congestion on West Catawba, but the roadway has deteriorated and the “bump-outs” near intersections are considered outdated and can be dangerous.

New parking lot

According to Assistant Town Manager Tyler Beardsley, the project includes removing all on-street parking and adding bike lanes, as well as repaving from West Catawba to Liverpool. The town will also add a 10-foot multi-use path on the south side of Jetton Extension, and a 27-space public parking lot near the building at 19924 Jetton where Lakeside Sports Chiropractic is located.

Work near the two private schools will be limited to weekends. Expect occasional lane closings.

The project should be completed by June 30, 2024.

Photo by Jason Benavides

Also at the Sept. 18 meeting, the commissioners:

—Approved the rezoning for Van Zen Car Club which will amend their previously approved conditional rezoning for 6.7 acres of land at 20410 Chartown Drive and an adjacent unaddressed parcel to the north on Chartown Drive. The approved proposal will modify the existing plan by adding an additional building (total of six buildings) along the western boundary of the site. The project became somewhat controversial earlier this year when a land preparation crew inadvertently cleared portions of a buffer zone. The modified rezoning request includes a detailed replanting plan.

—Ratified a $704,384 contract with JD Goodrum Co. to repair and/or replace storm water drainage facilities at Legion Park near North Main Street. The agreement gives the company 90 days to complete the work.