N.C. Department of Transportation officials will visit Cornelius for an informational workshop about the planned diverging diamond interchange Tuesday at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m.
The divergent diamond interchange is planned for the intersection of I-77 and Catawba Ave. and will improve traffic flow and mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, town officials say. In a DDI, the two directions of traffic on the non-freeway road cross to the opposite side on both sides of the bridge at the freeway, preventing them from having to turn left across multiple lanes of oncoming traffic.
The meeting is informal, but important, Commissioner Jim Bensman said, as the town has big plans for the roads in the coming years. In addition to the interchange, the town is in discussions with the DOT about changes to other intersections, park and ride facilities, and widening I-77.
“If we don’t ask the right questions of the DOT they could plan something that may not fit with our other plans,” Commissioner Bensman said Monday night.
There will be no formal presentation Tuesday night. It is an opportunity for citizens and town officials to ask the DOT officials questions related to the project, which is scheduled to break ground in August 2013. People may arrive at any time during the three hours.
Disabled persons who wish to attend the meeting but require special services should contact Zahid Baloch to make arrangements prior to the meeting.
READ MORE ABOUT THE DDI PROJECT:
April 18, 2011: “In Mo., town officials test a diverging diamond interchange.”
March 24, 2011: “New interchange is a ‘sure thing’ but may not stop there.”