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Torrence Chapel left-turns on tonight’s Town Board agenda

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Sept. 19. By Dave Vieser. It’s an issue which just won’t go away: How to handle the heavy volume of left-turns at the Torrence Chapel/Liverpool/West Catawba intersection. Several months ago the Town Board rejected a suggestion by the NCDOT that left turns be immediately eliminated. Now the NCDOT has some other suggestions which will be unveiled at today’s Town Board pre-meeting.


In May of 2017, the town struck an agreement with NCDOT that these turns would remain after the completion of the triple roundabout projects planned in the area. They would only be phased out over time as average daily traffic volume increased.

Greater efficiency

In June, the NCDOT asked the town for one last consideration regarding removing the left turns now vs. in the future. “Removing the left turns now would increase efficiency and level of service (LOS) and the cost would be significantly less now than in the future,” according to the NCDOT.


The town will foot the bill. The NCDOT estimates it would cost the town approximately $10,000.


The suggestion to eliminate left turns received a cold reception from the commissioners in June. There’s no assurance that would change but the state has asked for the opportunity to offer some more options.

Discussion during ‘pre-meeting’

The board has scheduled the Torrence Chapel issues to be discussed during the pre-agenda meeting which is not broadcast online. Town Manager Andrew Grant said “it’s very common to have work session items” during the pre-meeting. It is open to the public just like the regular meeting but not live-streamed.

How to watch the regular meeting

The pre-meeting begins at 5 pm, while the regular meeting begins at 6. To live-stream, visit www.cornelius.org online and click on “watch meetings online” under Quick Links on the left-hand side.


7 Responses to “Torrence Chapel left-turns on tonight’s Town Board agenda”

  1. So how would one get to businesses on Torrence Chapel without a left turn. I come from over the water on 73.

    Posted by Vicki Rowan | September 19, 2022, 1:47 pm
  2. Well, I can bet that nobody on the NC DOT lives in Cornelius or off Torrence Chapel. Sure…Eliminate left turns, easy peasy! THEN where are we supposed to go? One Norman? That’s already a mess. Bethel Church or Jetton and back to Liverpool?

    I get the concept, although I think it is totally misguided. I never thought it would work even WITH the roundabouts.

    How about highway access at Westmoreland? There goes 1/2 the traffic at exit 28. Problem solved.

    Posted by Chris Conroy | September 19, 2022, 1:51 pm
    • And. If you think this will cost $10,000 give a call I have some land to sell you suckers.

      Posted by Mike | September 19, 2022, 4:23 pm
      • I never implied it would only cost $10K but it is the best solution. If you live anywhere off Torrence Chapel you CAN’T possibly embrace no lefts without other substantial improvements.

        Posted by Chris Conroy | September 20, 2022, 7:41 am
    • 100%. Removing left turns screws over those of us actually living in the community. All it would do would be to funnel even more traffic down Knox Rd… Adding highway access at Westmoreland would actually solve the problem instead of causing more traffic.

      Posted by Joe | September 19, 2022, 11:31 pm
  3. How about a simple left turn lane on Westmoreland (by Tenders) for traffic heading east? Would be a simple solution to the massive late afternoon back-ups that sometimes stretch back to the WAC that are caused by just a few cars.

    Posted by Stevie | September 19, 2022, 3:21 pm
  4. The change is unnecessary and will create problems for our small businesses in the area. A lot of adjustments must be made first. $10,000? I do not believe it. Please no the funneling from the east over the DDI creates the problem as cars literally dash for a position.

    Posted by Jim Vogel | September 20, 2022, 9:07 am

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