CORNELIUS – Neither the N.C. Department of Transportation nor Blythe Construction have contacted the town regarding how much it would cost to expedite the Exit 28 Diverging Diamond Interchange construction after a meeting with officials Aug. 11.

During the Aug. 18 board meeting, Mayor Chuck Travis reported police have been on ride-alongs with school buses and NCDOT has improved traffic light signalization to move traffic better. Because of the pressure, NCDOT and Blythe Consturction have agreed to open a second lane going east across the bridge in mid-September with an additional lane going west opening the next month.

Residents of all towns are urged to continue being patrons at area businesses and understand efforts are being made to ease congestion. As school starts, drivers are reminded to be patient.