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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Posted in Cornelius, Downtown and old Cornelius, Exit 28 area, Photo of the Day, Photos, Torrence Chapel, West Catawba Avenue
Posted on 08 January 2015.
Chris Bayne has turned a love of home brewing into a business, on West Catawba Avenue. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
Brewery and tasting room Bayne Brewing Co. has opened on West Catawba Avenue, giving beer lovers another choice in Cornelius for locally-made ales. It’s the town’s third brewery, joining Ass Clown and D9, and the first to open beyond an industrial park, thanks to new zoning rules commissioners adopted last September.
And town officials say the new rules could mean even more small breweries and brewpubs in town. Planning director Wayne Herron said seven other groups have approached the town about opening here. Read the full story
Posted in Bethel Church Road, Business, Cornelius, Kenton Place, Planning & Development, Small biz spotlight, Town Hall, West Catawba Avenue