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Long-term congestion relief hinges on Hwy. 21 re-do

Roundabouts, tolls, restricted access

April 1. By Juan Mortoque. Town leaders met this week to review a proposal from a Spanish subsidiary to turn Hwy. 21 into a toll road to help relieve congestion. The proposal would require the town to turn over ownership and management of the 2.6 mile stretch of road from Home Depot to West Catawba Avenue. Once cars enter the toll lanes they would not be able to exit until their final destination.

Construction would begin in August and the road would be closed for five years.

Numerous questions were raised by residents and businesses, such as how would you cross from the east to the west side of town? How would you access businesses like Home Depot? How would Atrium complete construction of the hospital buildings and how would you get to them? What about school bus routes given that all of the schools are on the west side of town?

All of the questions were met with the same answer from the newly-formed traffic task force.

“You’d have to park and walk.”

Last chance to ‘get it right’

Added chairperson Tom “Tow” Mater, who is on the task force despite residing in Troutman, said, “We feel like that’s a reasonable request given the long-term solution we’re providing to people who need to get from Charlotte to Mooresville and vice versa as fast as possible.”

The toll fees will change depending on amounts of traffic, but given current volume it’s expected to cost $12 each way.

“This is our last chance to get this right,” said a person affiliated with City Hall who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Someday our grandkids will be able to travel from Target to the ABC store in three minutes and it’ll only cost $24 round trip. That seems like a great solution to the traffic issues given that we don’t have any money.”

Roundabout Catch 2

Construction of the two roundabouts currently being built on Hwy. 21 will continue until completion even though they will be replaced as part of the proposal.

The meeting was a first for the newly-installed board of commissioners who replaced the five who resigned last month to pursue leadership positions with their HOA boards. The new board is composed entirely of third generation land owners.

In other business

The meeting also included the approval by a 5-0 vote for a $115 million plan to build 20-story skyscrapers that will be owned by the town and leased to commercial tenants.

—This content approved by the NC Commission on April Fools Baloney (NCAFB)

Discussion

14 Responses to “Long-term congestion relief hinges on Hwy. 21 re-do”

  1. I thought Hwy 21 was going to be permanently closed because the subway system was going under it?

    Posted by Skip Erwin | April 1, 2024, 11:33 am
  2. How ridiculous. A $12 one way fee? No one uses the toll road on 77 now due to the ridiculous costs that are above any other state with toll roads.

    AND, spend all the money on roundabouts which will do nothing for Catawba and 21, and then spend more money on a toll?

    Residents should be able to vote on this.

    Posted by DED | April 1, 2024, 12:29 pm
  3. Very funny! The first sentence mentioning a Spanish subsidiary says it all…April Fool’s Day! 😉

    Posted by Rick | April 1, 2024, 1:33 pm
    • Too bad that was not the tip off. Who do you think owns that abortion of a toll road. A Spanish company. The rules of that toll road stipulates that that Spanish company has all say on any work done to highway 21 and 115 for a term of 50 years.

      So yeah this was an April fools but the tip off wasn’t the “Spanish company”

      Posted by Os | April 1, 2024, 8:47 pm
      • Cornelius and anyone supporting this proposal are out of your minds. So…. you will need to pay a toll to access the new hospital? The Spanish company most likely built the toll road debacle in the firat place. Tolls are not the answer to relieving congestion. It puts the same traffic on other roads.77 has pri en that. We all still sit and wait.

        Posted by Scott Vanselous | April 2, 2024, 6:15 pm
  4. Will the Toll Booths take coins?

    Posted by Chris | April 1, 2024, 2:28 pm
  5. This is wrong on so many levels, you have to be rich to pay the kings ransom daily and it’s all private, the tax payer has zero benefits, it’s a land grad, a criminal way of doing business. taxpayers are no way okay with this. We live in Cornelius NC not NYC or LA, be prepared to be sued at every turn. This idea is a total shake down. Anti American, truly unbelievable.

    Posted by Morton | April 2, 2024, 6:09 am
  6. Just when you think the urban planing in our area couldn’t get more ridiculous!!!!
    Are there no “level heads”!!
    Es muy stupido!!!!

    Posted by Rebecca Wimbush | April 2, 2024, 4:27 pm
  7. Are our commissioners nuts? This is the worst idea to give a Spanish any more of our tax dollars. Unacceptable! Find another way other than putting in a toll road

    Posted by Teresa Stambaugh | April 4, 2024, 1:28 pm

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