Transportation & Transit

Jetton Road Safety Study

The Town of Cornelius contracted WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to conduct a study evaluating roadway and safety improvement alternatives along the section of Jetton Road between West Catawba Avenue and Charles Towne Lane.  Following a presentation on the study findings, the Town sought feedback from residents and businesses in the Jetton Road area.

At its February 6, 2017 Town Board meeting, the Board continued its discussion of the Jetton Road Safety Study and survey results, and voted to lower the speed limit on Jetton Road to a consistent 35 MPH. The speed limit on Jetton Road from West Catawba Avenue to approximately Peninsula Shores Drive will change from 45 MPH to 35 MPH.

West Catawba Phase 2 Widening

NCDOT has plans to widen West Catawba Avenue from Jetton Road to Highway 73. It is currently estimated that the construction of this project will occur in 2022. At this time, NCDOT is evaluating this corridor and performing analyses of multiple design alternatives for the corridor. These corridor alternatives include superstreet intersections, traditional intersections, and hybrids of the two. See the links below for more information about this project and superstreets.

  • May 4, 2015 Coffee Chat Presentation provided by Town of Cornelius Assistant Town Manager, Andrew Grant
  • Traffic Simulation - Intersection of West Catawba Ave./Westmoreland Rd. in 20 years based upon traffic modeling (Afternoon Rush Hour, 2035 traffic with Westmoreland Interchange traffic)

Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI)

Exit 28 has been approved to be redesigned into a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI). The DDI allows two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road while on the bridge over I-77. Once on the left side of the road, vehicles can turn left onto the I-77 ramps without stopping and without conflicting with through traffic, providing easier access to the highway.

View the proposed aesthetic design and exhibit.

A DDI moves high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals. This movement promotes intersection safety while meeting conflicting demands for increasing capacity, decreasing congestion and minimizing the cost of new infrastructure. You may see a simulation of a DDI in this YouTube video.

Pedestrian Master Plan

The town is currently developing a Pedestrian Master Plan.