While the yearly retreat of the Mooresville commissioners touched on a variety of topics from the waste-water plant project to the purchase of the old Adelphia cable system to the requested resignation of former Town Manager Jamie Justice, the main focus was on transit issues.
The transportation planning department focused their yearly report on the hiring of traffic engineer Tony Tagliaferri, who has been working with officials in Raleigh to address a variety of issues in the area. Several needed projects are being championed to the NCDOT by Tagliaferri. While some are still awaiting funding, others, like a dedicated left-turn signal at US 21 and Williamson/Brawley School Rd, are scheduled to be completed very soon. The board committed to earmarking twice the usual amount of $500,000 for transportation funding in future year budgets
Good news was received about the CATS-backed North Corridor project, which would bring full rail service all the way up to Mt Mourne. The funding commitment needed from Charlotte City Council to begin the initial engineering phase of the of the project was received this past Monday. The cap on this funding is $8.5 million, which is sufficient to keep all aspects of the project in play while awaiting additional funding from state and federal agencies. It was re-iterated at the retreat that the estimated ridership for the project exceeds the capacity of an additional lane on I-77, at a lower overall cost.