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Improvements keep coming to Cornelius

City will begin accepting bids on Baseline Street project in April


Much like the improvements already completed on Cornelius’s Adair Street, Baseline Street will be getting its own facelift.

Cornelius City Engineer Terry Keyes presented project plans to the city council Monday night, describing new sidewalks and street parking, underground utility lines and new traffic signals at the intersections of 14th Avenue and Baseline Street and 14th Avenue and Adair Street.

In April, the city will start accepting bids on the project, which will begin in the summer and likely be completed in 2014.

For funding, the city is using more than $3 million from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Control Program; $182,000 from a Community Development Block Grant Program; almost $400,000 from the city water and sanitary sewer budgets for work related to those facilities as part of the project; and $2 million in city transportation money from the Traffic Impact Fee collected from developers based on expected traffic impact from development.

City Manager Rob Drake said the effort will also draw funds from the Transportation Development Tax that replaced the TIF in 2008.




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