Posted on 18 September 2014.
Nobody wants to sit in a long line of cars. That’s why the back roads around West Catawba Avenue have been jammed this summer as Cornelius residents hunt for shortcuts to bypass the gridlock around the Exit 28 interchange. Contractors for the NCDOT are in the mist of a $6 million project to reconfigure the interchange into what’s called a diverging diamond.
While some of the shortcuts can shave 30 minutes off your commute, others now are anything but a secret – snarled with traffic. Still others require cutting in line and that could earn you the ire of other drivers.
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- Jonathan Cox
Posted in Cornelius, Downtown and old Cornelius, Exit 28 area, Statesville Road/US 21, Top Stories, West Catawba Avenue, Westmoreland
Posted on 17 September 2014.
Joe Jaouny plans to close his Joseph’s Mart on Catawba Avenue by the end of September. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
By JONATHAN COX
Business owners along Catawba Avenue say gridlock from the NCDOT’s Exit 28 reconstruction project is driving away customers and now it’s forcing some – especially those already weakened – to shut their doors. The closings come despite assurances from officials that extra lanes could open soon at the interchange, possibly easing the unprecedented congestion.
Joe Jaouny, who has leased the convenience store and gas station Joseph’s Mart for five years, said he will break his lease on Sept. 30. Traffic jams on Catawba have caused a 40 percent decline in business this summer, he said, forcing him to take out loans to pay rent and insurance. Despite the NC Department of Transportation’s prediction that an extra eastbound lane could open as early as October, Jaouny remains skeptical. “I don’t think the traffic will get better for a long time,” he said.
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Posted in Business, Downtown and old Cornelius, Exit 28 area, Planning & Development, The Economy, Top Stories, Torrence Chapel, Town Hall, Traffic alerts, Transportation, West Catawba Avenue
Posted on 04 September 2014.
Blythe Construction crews have working been working daylight hours lately. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
With Catawba Avenue still limited to one lane in both directions during the NCDOT’s $6 million Exit 28 reconstruction project, drivers are continuing to find peak-hour travel in the area a frustrating experience. There’s now even a Facebook group – “Exit 28 Ridiculousness” – for venting.
But even as drivers fume and complain, the work goes on, and it’s actually ahead of schedule, DOT and town officials say.
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Posted in Cornelius, Downtown and old Cornelius, Exit 28 area, Living with Growth, Torrence Chapel, Town Hall, Traffic alerts, West Catawba Avenue