NCDOT to resurface Independence Pointe Parkway in Matthews, thanks to Feds


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The N.C. Department of Transportation will be putting funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to work on 0.2 miles of Independence Pointe Parkway (State Road 4497) in Matthews beginning Wednesday, July 14, weather permitting. The $245,000 contract was awarded to Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte to mill and resurface Independence Pointe Parkway between Matthews-Mint Hill Road and N.C. 51.

Work will take place primarily at night and is expected to be complete August 27.  NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay
alert and obey the posted speed limit. Know before you go by calling 511, the department’s free travel information line, or get real-time information on line. NCDOT also offers travel information for motorists and ferry passengers on Twitter. For more information on how to get travel information, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel.

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Matthews street closings


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N. Trade St. in Matthews will be closed from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. beginning Sunday night, May 24 thru Thursday morning, May 27. Work will be done on the crosswalks, speed tables and pavement markings.

This is the final phase of the N. Trade Street improvements that have been underway this Spring. The closure will occur from the intersection of John St. to Matthews Station Street.

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Despite gulf oil spill, gas prices are down

Average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.77/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.80/g, according to gasoline price website CharlotteGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Charlotte during the past week, prices yesterday were 41.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 0.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 6.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 39.8 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.

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Gas prices up 73 cents in the last year

The website CharlotteGasPrices.com is reporting that gas prices today are 73.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 2.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The average retail gasoline prices in Charlotte have fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74/g today. This compares with the national average that has stayed flat, moving just 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.87/g.

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A new day for divvying up highway funds?

Joseph Coletti of the John Locke Foundation gave a presentation today to the General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee. Read the press release after the break.

“More money is not the only issue, or even the most important issue,” Coletti added. “Spending what we have more wisely is the key, by acting to delay or delete funding for the most cost-ineffective projects and moving that money into maintenance needs.”

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