Buses to run as usual, may see delays

CORNELIUS – If all goes as planned, the Exit 28 bridge will be closed to through traffic at midnight Friday, June 27 until 8 a.m. Sunday, June 29 as part of the Diverging Diamond Interchange construction project. It will be closed to all motorists, bikers and pedestrians during the entirety of the 32-hour period. 

Drivers will, however, still be able to use on and off ramps from I-77 as long as they aren’t crossing the bridge. Those going east on West Catawba Avenue can turn right on I-77 South; those going westbound on Catawba Avenue can turn right onto I-77 North; those driving south on I-77 can exit and turn right onto West Catawba; and those going north on I-77 can exit and turn right onto Catawba Avenue toward N.C. 21.

Detour recommendations as provided by the Town of Cornelius are as follows:

To go from east Cornelius to west

• Take I-77 North to Exit 30 Griffith, turn left and take I-77 South to Exit 28 and turn right onto West Catawba.

• Take N.C. 115 North through Davidson, turn left on Griffith Street and turn left onto I-77 South to Exit 28.

• Take N.C. 21 South, turn right onto Westmoreland Road to West Catawba Avenue.

To go from the west side to the east

• Take West Catawba Avenue to Westmoreland Road, turn left on N.C. 21 North West Catawba Avenue, take a left onto Sam Furr Road and turn left onto I-77 North to Exit 28 and turn right onto Catawba Avenue.

• Take West Catawba Avenue, turn left onto Same Furr Road, turn left onto I-77 North to Exit 28.

• Take I-77 South, get off at Exit 25, turn left onto N.C. 73 and then turn onto I-77 North to Exit 28.

Bus riders will still be able to take the CATS Village Rider, which will operate with all stops available as usual. As the buses also have to use the alternate routes, schedule times may be altered. Bus fares cost $0.80 and can be paid with exact change on the bus or through passes available for purchase at Food Lion on North Main Street in Cornelius or Harris Teeter on Sam Furr Road in Huntersville.

The Diverging Diamond Interchange is a N.C. Department of Transportation project being done by Blythe Construction as part of overall improvements to the Catawba Avenue corridor.

The town will give updates on the project through its website and social media.