NCDOT announces $2.7B in transportation projects
CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation identified 138 regional highway, aviation, ferry, rail and transit projects it anticipates funding and scheduling for construction over the next decade.
Fourteen regional projects will be programmed for construction in Division 10 (Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties) in the forthcoming 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan. They include:
• Construction of grade separation on Clanton Road extension to US 29&74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) and closure of existing at-grade crossing Donald Ross. The $20,265,000 project will be completed by 2025.
• Conversion of existing interchange at I-8 and Sugar Creek Road to diverging diamond interchange. The $20.5 million project will be completed by 2028.
• Widen U.S. 521 from South Carolina state line to Ballantyne Commons Parkway to multi-lanes. The $43.5 million project will be completed by 2026
• Extend Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A north toward Old Dowd Road. This project will include a three level pier including 16 passenger boarding gates. The $500,000 project will be completed by 2025.
• Convert existing diamond interchange at I-77 and Sunset Road with two loops to a diverging diamond. The $41.4 million project will be completed by 2029.
Contact Stuart Basham (704-845-1151 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5 to comment on these projects.
CATS touts being on time
CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Area Transit System’s bus network is among the top in the country for on-time performance. CATS data shows that buses have an 85-percent on-time performance rate. The system operates hundreds of buses that make 3,909 trips on nearly 70 bus routes every weekday.
On-time performance is defined as a bus arriving no more than five minutes past its scheduled arrival time.
A recent study performed by CATS showed that riders perceive the bus being on time approximately 64 percent of the time.
Ajmera to update women
CHARLOTTE – City Council member Dimple Ajmera will update League of Women Voters Charlotte Mecklenburg about environmental issues facing the community during September’s Lunch With The League.
She chairs the city’s environmental committee, which is focused on committing Charlotte to becoming a “global leader in environmental sustainability, balancing economic growth, while preserving our natural resources.”
The event takes place 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 at its office, 1817 Central Ave., room 210. Visit www.goleaguego.org/Lunch.html for details.
Rainbow Run helps charities
CHARLOTTE – Stonewall Sports Charlotte presents the 2018 Stonewall Rainbow Run.
The event is billed as Charlotte’s first planned annual LGBTQ and Ally 5K walk, run and after party. It will focus on bringing the community together while raising money for PFLAG Charlotte, Veteran’s Bridge Home and CMPD Animal Care and Control.
The 5K and after party will feature glow sticks, music, neon, body paint and costumes. Participants can expect a race route through NoDa, food trucks, vendors, a beer garden and a DJ flying in from New York.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Shed. The race starts at 7:24 p.m. The after-party kicks off at 8 p.m. Registration costs $10 at the gate. Visit www.stonewallrainbowrun.org for details.
Army veteran gets new roof
CHARLOTTE – Camden Roofing & Construction provided U.S. Army veteran James Reid a new roof on Aug. 31.
As part of the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project, Owens Corning Platinum Contractors are working with Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte to provide new roofs for veterans and their families to show gratitude.
“Getting a new roof can be a daunting idea for the inexperienced, but our mission has always been to make it easy,” said Steven Clark, owner of Camden Roofing & Construction. “Mr. Reid, along with all of our customers, are like family to us and we couldn’t be more honored to give back in this way.”
Atrium Health, Novant Health partner on scholarships
CHARLOTTE – Atrium Health and Novant Health are piloting a scholarship program to help certified nursing assistants become registered nurses.
The first scholarships have been offered to 10 CNAs – five at each health system – through the ONE Charlotte Health Alliance effort.
The program supports advancement and improves well-being among team members, particularly those living in priority zip codes identified in the Charlotte Opportunity Task Force.