Posted on 10 January 2015.
DOT assistant resident engineer Rick Pruitte surveys the nearly completed structure Saturday around 8:30am. See a gallery below. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
As most of us slept early Saturday, workers on the Catawba Avenue bridge over I-77 erected a pair of 38-foot aluminum masts and attached cables, a nautical-themed decoration for the the newly rebuilt Exit 28 interchange.
The work is the final major step in the $5.4 million project, which has included converting the highway exit into a crossover pattern called a “diverging diamond interchange.” The North Carolina Department of Transportation is paying for most of the rebuilding, while the Town of Cornelius is picking up the roughly $2 million cost of the mast and cable structure and other aesthetic improvements still to come.
(Update: Town officials say the first phase of the improvements cost about $689,000, including about $170,000 for the masts and cables and $160,000 for concrete walls and lighting. Still to come are decorative bridge abutments and landscaping, which will make up the bulk of the aesthetic improvements’ cost, at $1.4 million.)
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