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Commissioner Puckett throws cold water on aging I-77 culverts

Aug. 24. By Dave Vieser. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett has given NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson and Attorney General Roy Cooper a heads up around the culverts that connect Lake Norman with Lake Davidson and Lake Cornelius. Writes Puckett: The culverts could fail anywhere from 25 years from now to 50 years from now. The […]


LKN Marine Commission OK’s I77 toll lane application

Aug. 9. By Dave Vieser. Opponents of the I-77 toll lane project were dealt another blow this week when the Lake Norman Marine Commission approved the NCDOT’s application. The commission’s approval was needed because the interstate crosses Lake Norman; the commission works with Duke Energy on lake development as part of their Federal Energy Regulatory […]


Bonus allocation funds are not as promised, town leaders say

By Dave Vieser. Even while the I-77 toll lane project continues to face significant opposition, the NCDOT has been quick to say more than $150 million in bonus allocation funds has been earmarked for the North Mecklenburg/Iredell County region. That seems to be quite a stretch, with some Huntersville officials questioning their effectiveness in reducing congestion. […]


Widening of W. Catawba means change for merchants

By Dave Vieser. Even though construction is more than three years away, a meeting in June about  widening West Catawba Avenue in Cornelius from Jetton Road to Hwy. 73 attracted well over 100 people, including many business owners. The purpose of the meeting was to inform everyone about the proposed improvements and to obtain their comments. […]


LNTC regroups with more Iredell, less North Meck representation

By Dave Vieser . As per usual, the Lake Norman Transportation Commission will be skipping its July meeting, but when members reconvene in August, it may also have a whole new look and some new members. Meetings have been ongoing for the past several months to form a new LNTC with some different members, after both […]


Work on I-77 causeway will continue

July 14. By Dave Vieser. Even though the Lake Norman Marine Commission (LNMC) tabled the NCDOT’s application concerning the I-77 toll lane project earlier this week, motorists will see work continuing on top of the causeway north of Exit 28. The operative words here are “on top,” not near or next to. “Construction activities such […]


LKN Marine Commission postpones toll lane application

July 12. By Dave Vieser. The Lake Norman Marine Commission last night tabled an application from the NCDOT regarding the I-77 toll lane project. “We’ve requested additional information and clarification from the DOT on this project,” said Executive Director Ron Shoultz.  His motion was approved unanimously, meaning the next time the issue could come up […]


I-77 contract won’t survive the ‘chorus of discontent’

At the June 22, 2015 board of directors meeting, the Lake Norman Chamber joined the fight against the Cintra contract and the concept of tolling I77 at Lake Norman. I, along with many on the chamber board, admitted our earlier support of accepting tolling or nothing at all was short-sighted and a mistake.  Leadership is […]


I-77 battle shifts to November elections; does Marine Commission vote matter?

June 23. By Dave Yochum. Republicans are taking stock after HB954 went down in the NC Senate earlier this week. Democrats are making the most of it and it looks like NC Rep. John Bradford may have an opponent in the fall in District 98 if her petition drive succeeds, while Rep. Charles Jeter will face a Democrat […]


Will LKN Marine Commission make waves for DOT, Cintra?

By Dave Vieser. In yet another twist in the ongoing I-77 toll lane saga, it turns out that the $650 million project needed the approval of the Lake Norman Marine Commission before it started. The commission’s approval is necessary because it crosses Lake Norman at the Iredell County line. The DOT has asked to be on […]