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Concord to benefit from NCDOT construction
Today’s Charlotte Observer featured an article on the nearly $1.3 billion in road improvements coming to the region in the next decade. Many of these projects, such as the completion of I-485 in Mecklenburg County and the widening of I-85 from Exits 49 to 55, will have a direct benefit to people living, working, and visiting in Concord. In addition to improving access to and from Concord, the projects will provide both economic and environmental benefits. The construction will create jobs and improve the transportation infrastructure, which is essential to commercial and industrial economic development. The reduced traffic congestion after project completion will lower greenhouse gas emissions and gasoline consumption. Construction on I-485 will begin later this year, and the I-85 widening will begin early 2011.
 
Along with the I-85 widening, Concord officials were ensured that NCDOT will include improvements to Bruton Smith Boulevard between I-85 and Weddington Road. The Bruton Smith/Weddington intersection handles 35,000 vehicles each day or 12.8 million vehicles per year, and in a decade is projected to increase to 16.6 million vehicles per year. This intersection is one of the most congested in the City and will be drastically improved through additional lanes.
 
In addition, the I-85 interchanges with Poplar Tent Road and Davidson Highway (NC-73) will be improved through realignment and signalization. Concord will participate in the project with the installation of bike lanes through both interchanges.
 
Finally, the City has worked with NCDOT to secure improvements to other major road facilities. George W. Liles Parkway is scheduled to be extended to Concord Parkway (US-29) and through the Philip Morris property in 2012, giving the property direct access to I-85. The intersection of Concord Parkway and Poplar Tent road will be redesigned to a superstreet concept in the next few years, which will improve safety and traffic flow. On the western side of the City, Derita Road will be widened to four lanes from the Rocky River Bridge to Poplar Tent Road in 2013.
 
 
Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Summer 2010 issue of Leisure Times (click here) for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. 
 
Park Ranger Pat Merritt is implementing a Park Watch Program for McGee Park and McEachern Greenway. The City of Concord Parks & Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to attend an orientation meeting on Monday, June 7 at 5:00pm at McGee Park.  If the pilot program in this location is successful, the department will evaluate how to refine and expand to other locations throughout the City.
 
The Park Watch Program is similar to a typical Neighborhood Watch Program, with the idea of volunteers keeping their eyes open for suspicious activity in the parks and greenway trail. If any suspicious activity is seen, the volunteers will be instructed to call 911. They will also be instructed to stay uninvolved and to not confront anyone before calling 911. 
 
A “job description” will be distributed by Park Ranger Pat Merritt at the orientation meeting along with a Park Watch t-shirt for the volunteer. Participants are encouraged but not required to wear the t-shirt while walking the greenway trail and parks.
 
Those interesting in volunteering for the Park Watch Program are invited to the orientation meeting at the picnic shelter at McGee Park. The park is located at 219 Corban Avenue, East in Concord. Refreshments will be served.
 
 
Detour planned on Corban Avenue
Corban Avenue will be closed at near the intersection with Bell Street SW (near Barber-Scotia College) from June 14-28, 2010 for the installation of the final piece of a new sewer line to serve the new Cabarrus County Detention Facility. Motorists will be detoured through Cabarrus Avenue, and nearby streets will be open to local traffic only. For more information please visit the Concord Interactive Traffic Map or call 704-920-5403. 
 
 
Booker Drive Street Realignment Project
The Booker Drive realignment project at the intersection with Salem Street continues. The project will improve the intersection and adjust other infrastructure in the area. This week water and sewer connections were renewed and new sewer lines were installed. Pending good weather, curb and cutter will be installed in coming weeks. The contract goes through August.
 
There will be a traffic detour and limited access during the construction period, and efforts will be made to minimize inconveniences to the extent possible. Stakes have been positioned to define the future road and erosion control is in place.
 
This project is partially funded with Federal stimulus funds received through the Community Development Block Grant program and is designed to improve the safety and functionality of this intersection. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Engineering Construction Inspection Division at 704-920-5404 during regular working hours.
 
 
Two films in production around Concord
Various locations around the City will be seen in two upcoming films. A Box for Rob, by Moving Box Entertainment in association with Uptone Pictures, will be an action-thriller set in Concord. For more information visit aboxforrob.com or their page on Facebook. Witness Insecurity is also in production in the City and elsewhere in the region. It is a mystery-thriller by Cascade Pictures. For more information visit witnessinsecurity.com.
 
 
Water Restrictions reminder
City of Concord water customers continue to demonstrate leadership in water conservation and environmental protection. We thank our business and residential customers for being mindful of how their use impacts this vital natural resource. 
 
Concord and Kannapolis are committed to environmentally sustainable water use practices 365 days a year during normal conditions and periods of drought. Irrigation creates the single largest demand for water during spring and summer months. Lawn irrigation is allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Those who violate the specified lawn irrigation days watering rule will receive written notice of the violation and the appropriate fee will be assessed. All customers are allowed to use pressure washing devices.
 
The following activities are permitted at anytime:
        The filling, operation, or topping off of ornamental fountains.
         Residential car washing will be allowed using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
         Residential use of water for wash down of outside areas using a hand-held hose or pressure washer, both equipped with a spring-loaded nozzle.
         Watering of trees, flowers, shrubs, ornamental plants and vegetable gardens for plant preservation.
         Automated irrigation services may be installed and activated.
         Filling of swimming pools by permit. Topping off of previously filled pools is still acceptable at any time.
 
In order to continue protecting our natural resources, the cities and the communities they serve are maintaining restrictions on days of irrigation and also using water pricing to promote further conservation.
 
Research shows that properly maintained lawns only need 1 inch of water per week to thrive, and it is best to water during evening and early morning hours.
 
The aforementioned water use restrictions do not apply to those customers using wells or ponds for irrigation purposes. However, all users are encouraged to remain diligent in their conservation efforts regardless of the water source.
 
 
Union Street Live
Third Thursday of each Month May – August
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Historic Courthouse Lawn
The event is free to the public. For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208 or visit www.concorddowntown.com.
 
2010 Schedule
June 17 Mark Roberts and Breeze
July 15 Shakers
August 19 Big Sam
September 16 Band of Oz
 
 
City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is second floor of Municipal Building, 26 Union Street, S.
June
6/08/2010 at 4:00 p.m. City Council Worksession and Budget Workshop
6/10/2010 at 6:00 p.m. City Council Regular Session
6/10/2010 at 7:00 p.m. City Council Public Hearings (includes a public hearing on the FY11 recommended budget)
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