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Town of Mooresville Breaks Ground on the First Phase of the East-West Connector

Town of Mooresville leaders along with state and national officials gathered at the Cove Church on Langtree Road on February 29 to break ground on the greatly anticipated East-West connector.

This first phase consists of 1.7 miles of road that will forge a connection between N.C. 152 to I-77 which helps connect Mooresville to Kannapolis and Concord.  At an estimated cost of $29.8 million, the project is expected to require three years to complete.

According to Mooresville Mayor Chris Carney, the East-West connector is about much more than simply addressing traffic issues.  It is about taking advantage of economic opportunities.  “We just had such an opportunity,” Carney says. “Southern Iredell is such job creating area and this is one more way we can attract more companies that want to be here.”

“Growth is a double-edged sword,” Commissioner Lisa Qualls adds. “You’re blessed with a lot of opportunity, but it’s also a big commitment.”

Additionally, residents can expect new access from Langtree Road to N.C. 115 with the completion of this project explains, Jonathon Young, the town of Mooresville’s Public Services Director. “This should alleviate some of the existing issues with the current Langtree/115 intersection and prepare for the future connection of East-West Connector Phase 2 that would go all the way to the intersection of Shearers and Rocky River Road,” Young said. “The overall goal is to allow for alternative routes between Highway 115 and Langtree Road in the short term and between Highway 3 and Langtree Road in the long term with the completion of future phases.”

County leaders expect the connector to make life easier for drivers in southern Iredell County and continue to drive further economic development in Mooresville.

“We want people to live here, work here, and have a good quality of life,” Qualls says. “That’s so important with infrastructure and being able to have that mobility is the first part of that.”