Posted on 26 June 2014.
Updated Friday, June 27, 2014, 7:20am
By DAVID BORAKS
Traffic crawls on I-77 southbound near Westmoreland Road in 2013. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net file photo)
The NC Department of Transportation said Thursday it has signed a preliminary contract with Spanish construction giant Cintra Infraestructuras to widen 26 miles of I-77 north of Charlotte using high-occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes. North Carolina will contribute $88 million in public money to the $655 million project under the 50-year deal.
See the full announcement below. Read the full story
Posted in Exit 30 area, Living with Growth, Planning & Development, Transportation
Posted on 24 June 2014.
The June 21 letter signed by nine local officials asks for a delay in the contract with Cintra. Click to download the letter.
Updated Wednesday, 10am
By DAVID BORAKS
Nine town commissioners from Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson have sent a letter to state officials seeking postponement of the NC Department of Transportation’s planned signing of a preliminary deal by month’s end to widen I-77 using toll lanes. The request follows the DOT’s release of information about potentially high rates in the planned toll lanes.
The elected officials – four from Cornelius and three from Huntersville and two from Davidson – are calling on the DOT to delay signing the preliminary contract with Spanish construction firm Cintra Infraestructures – the only company to submit a final bid on the project.
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Posted in Cornelius, Huntersville, Mooresville, Planning & Development, Politics, Public works, Town Hall, Transportation
Posted on 02 June 2014.
Posted in Concord, Traffic alerts
Posted on 27 May 2014.
Listen to Will Coley’s moving audio story about his research into the Georgia plane crash, and read his account of growing up in Davidson, in the shadow of that tragedy.
AUDIO: “Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home”
Listen to Will Coley’s audio story “Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home.” Click the play button to start. Public radio fans will recognize the man introducing the piece, Jay Allison, producer of the “This I Believe” series. He and Vicky Merrick assisted in production of the story. Can’t see the player or hear the audio? CLICK HERE> (MP3, 27 min, 11 sec)
My journey to Davidson, New Hope and discovery
By WILL COLEY
Whenever I name Davidson as my hometown, people often ask me if my family is somehow connected to Davidson College. They’re surprised when I say that we didn’t come to town via an academic route.
In 1977 my father, Gordon Coley died in a commercial plane crash in Georgia. My mother, Pam Coley, suddenly became a widow and a single parent in Alabama. We were far from where she grew up in north Charlotte, where all four of my grandparents still lived. My mother knew that she wanted us to be near them, especially after losing our father. Instead of moving back home, she searched for an ideal place nearby for my sister Meredith and I to grow up. She found Davidson and decided to move into a house that was being rented out by the Woods family. Read the full story
Posted in Audio news reports, Aviation, Davidson history, Life in Davidson, Opinion, Public safety, Transportation
Posted on 12 May 2014.
Posted in Mooresville, Traffic alerts