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No-left-turn plan at Torrence Chapel seems to have run out of gas

Sept. 20. At the Sept. 19 Town Board meeting, the commissioners honored past Planning Board Chair Keith Eicher and Vice Chair Lee Peterson. Both have retired from their Planning Board posts due to reaching their term limits as outlined by Town regulations. In presenting Eicher and Peterson with their service plaques, Mayor Woody Washam said […]

Hwy. 115 has reopened after unannounced closing

Sept. 15. By Dave Vieser.  What we have here is a failure to communicate! So it appears in relation to the closing of NC Hwy. 115 at Bailey Road this week, creating all kinds of problems for motorists traveling through town, and especially for those traveling to and from Hough and Bailey Middle.        Blindsided […]

Town wants NCDOT to greenlight more signs on DDI

June 14. By Dave Vieser. Cornelius officials are asking the NC Dept. of Transportation to install “Do Not Block Intersection” signs on the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) at Exit 28. “I witness motorists blocking traffic there on a daily basis,” said Commissioner Todd Sansbury. “Either people don’t understand how the DDI works or they purposely […]


Meeting today on Hickory/115 redo, including a light

April 25. By Dave Vieser. A special meeting to discuss proposed Improvements for the Hickory Street/Hwy. 115 intersection in downtown Cornelius will be held Monday April 25 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Town Hall on Catawba Avenue. “There is concern about the timing and the funding for the improvements planned at this intersection,” […]

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What do you think about left turns at Torrence Chapel?

March 22. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board plans to survey residents on eliminating left turns at the Torrence Chapel/Liverpool Parkway/West Catawba intersection. In a memo to the board, Deputy Manager Wayne Herron said “NCDOT has asked the Town for one last consideration regarding removing the left turns now versus in the future.” The […]

Mayor seeks reversal of Hickory Street delay

Feb. 4. By Dave Vieser. Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam has written to NCDOT Secretary Eric Boyette seeking reversal of a one year delay in completing improvements at the intersection of Hickory Street and Hwy. 115, now scheduled for 2014. In the letter sent Feb. 3, Washam explained that the town was not happy with the […]

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 […]

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Bailey Road/Hwy. 115 construction running behind

Sept. 27. By Dave Vieser. First, we learned that improvements at the Bailey Road/Hwy. 115 intersection would not be done in time for the opening of school due to an NCDOT snafu. Now, further unrelated delays may push the project’s completion into November. The problem was revealed at a Cornelius Town Board meeting by Assistant […]

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The creation of a traffic mast takes time

July 22. By Dave Yochum. When a dump truck with its bed still in the raised position struck a traffic light at West Catawba and Jetton Road last year, it was a moment in Cornelius transportation history. The big Kenworth driven by a Concord man bent the mast or pole that holds up the arm […]