Posted on 24 October 2014.
Posted in Top Stories, Traffic alerts, Transportation
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, Torrence Chapel, Town Hall, Traffic alerts, Transportation, West Catawba Avenue