Posted on 22 August 2013.
The “diverging diamond” design has cars crossing over to the opposite side of the Catawba Avenue bridge to make entering and exiting the highway flow more smoothly.
The DOT Is planning to rebuild the I-77 overpass into what’s called a “diverging diamond interchange,” or DDI. Under the new design, the eastbound and westbound lanes of Catawba Avenue actually will cross over one another in a new traffic pattern that’s supposed to improve traffic flow and make entering and exiting the highway smoother.
The Town of Cornelius is planning a simultaneous project to improve the appearance of the overpass, making it a “gateway” to town. Plans call for a nautical-themed design with decorative bridge abutments, 5-foot lanterns at four corners, a central pedestrian walkway on the bridge, and trees and other plantings.
See more on the project under the “DDI” tag.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has given Cornelius officials an updated timeline for the planned Exit 28 reconstruction project, and it offers some hope for drivers and businesses on Catawba Avenue: It may not take as long as originally projected. Cornelius officials now say they expect the work will last 14 to 18 months, from the start of utility relocation this fall to the end of construction. They previously had warned the project could take two years.
Town officials and a spokeswoman for the NC DOT both said Wednesday the situation remains confusing and complex, and the timeline is just an estimate. But if all goes smoothly and weather and other delays are limited, the project could be completed in early to mid-2015.
The DOT hopes to choose a wining bidder in late September, and the project could begin as early as Oct. 28, according to DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Thompson. Read the full story
Posted in Calendar, Cornelius, Downtown and old Cornelius, Exit 28 area, Huntersville, Planning & Development, Public works, Town Hall, Traffic alerts, Transportation
Posted on 19 August 2013.
Workers have started rebuilding a section of Old Canal Street in the Antiquity Cornelius neighborhood that collapsed in April. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
As workers rebuild a sunken section of Old Canal Street in the Antiquity Cornelius neighborhood, engineers for the developer now say an electric utility company’s trench-digging project was to blame for the road collapse in April.
The road damage worsened and the rebuilding project has been delayed because of all the rain this summer, as well as by delays in obtaining county permits. And with rain falling almost daily lately, the developer is reluctant to predict when the Old Canal Street might be open again. Read the full story
Posted in Antiquity, Cornelius, Downtown and old Cornelius, Planning & Development, Public works, Town Hall, Traffic alerts
Posted on 09 August 2013.
The nautical-themed design will include a striking mast-and-cable structure.
By DAVID BORAKS
The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to award a contract next month for rebuilding Exit 28 off I-77 into a “diverging diamond interchange,” a project that is aimed at improving traffic flow across and on/off the highway. Town officials also have been told the road project could take up to two years, as the DOT limits most of the work to nights to prevent major traffic headaches.
The biggest disruption will come during an as-yet unscheduled weekend when the Catawba Avenue overpass will be closed for about 32 hours, town officials said this week. That will allow workers to convert the parallel east-west lanes on the bridge to the new “diverging diamond” pattern.
Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction on Catawba Avenue for about four months during the work, both day and night. That’s when workers will be installing new concrete medians, walls, permanent traffic signals, and sidewalks. Read the full story
Posted in Business, Cornelius, Davidson, Downtown and old Cornelius, Exit 28 area, Planning & Development, Public works, Town Hall, Traffic alerts, Transportation, West Catawba Avenue