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  1. I’m glad 77 South isn’t built up and surrounded by industrial buildings, or midrises, otherwise the price tag of the 2029 widening will probably doubled, its already at a $1B
  2. The views from the express lanes are amazing, taken from my dash cam...The flyover ramp to Brookshire
  3. NCDOT doesn't care for Charlotte like that, and NCDOT is still rural-centric in planning, also it doesn't help that the legislature is so focused on rural areas for transportation money.
  4. Well the one good thing about state run ABC is that all the stores are neatly organized and cleaned. I’m not against privatization, but private liquor stores in other states can be in horrible locations or can be poorly run down looking. Stateline Elite is one of my favorite privately owned stores, I just find Frugal MacDougal a cluster fudge
  5. I hated Business 40 when I was living in Winston during my college days, horrible short, and narrow merging lanes. Winston-Salem seems to be fine with the shut down as Business 40 is mostly for local traffic though.
  6. I was wondering why Chick Fil A was moving to the other side of Harris, that whole area is going to change with Office Depot and Michaels moving too
  7. https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article207891454.html I believe it's a temporary solution, the city requested money for another widening of the already widened Independence from 277 to Albermarle in the STIP. The current ROW isn't wide enough for 2 express lanes with buffers and shoulders. Independence Boulevard: $76.8 million to build a new toll lane in the median of Independence Boulevard from I-277 to Albemarle Road.
  8. https://www.cityofgastonia.com/images/files/planning/documents/maps/gardenparkway.pdf There was supposed to be a connector road from where the Garden Parkway ended at 85 to 321, note the interchange at 85 would have allowed a future extension.
  9. The cancelled Garden Parkway was supposed to connect to 321 where the freeway section of 321 ends along with a new interchange west of the current I-85/321 interchange Now it will get this convoluted value engineered interchange
  10. Most backups on 485 at any location is because of capacity issues on the other main freeways drivers are trying to get off on to, or design/merging issues: 485 @ 85 W is because of a design merging issues, 485 @ 77 N is because 77 is backed up daily BC it currently has 3 lanes dropping to 2 within a few miles where they have merging traffic.
  11. It was changed to accommodate better merging areas for Graham, and 11th St exits and entrances. There will be two flyovers merging into the median of I-77 under the new Lasalle Street bridge,
  12. What's crazy is I saw wildlife just off of Siegle the other night, a doe was crossing the street. It amazes how deer, and other creatures roam in an area with all that development near by. I live near by in Optimist Park, and I saw 3 deer along Parkwood.
  13. US 321 originally was supposed to connect to the the defunct Garden Parkway to the west of the current 321/I-85 interchange, and the current redesign is basically value engineering. NCDOT likes to cheap out in the Charlotte area, i.e., Independence with RIRO instead of a real freeway. NC 16/Brookshire will never be a freeway or access limited highway, the interchange at I-85 will be transformed into a reversible diamond interchange, IMO a flyover to I-85 South would seem perfect. NCDOT has a rural mentality, when the last section of Independence was being widened, the NCDOT tried to convince
  14. Maybe the color scheme is similar to the regular LRV because the streetcar can be used on the Blue Line, CATS mentioned or something similar that the streetcar can be operated on the Blue Line if they have a capacity issue.
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