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The top stories of 2013 (access required)

2013 was a busy year for many in the Charlotte development industry, including readers of The Mecklenburg Times. Our most-read story this year was
about the second phase of the streetcar project missing out on federal funding. Construction on the first phase is seen here. Photo by Payton Guion

It seems like just weeks ago we were putting out our ’13 to watch in 2013’ series, previewing the area’s development for this outgoing year. But, alas, 2013 has come and gone, and 2014 is knocking on the door. But ...

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N.C. DOT still believes bypass needed to ease Monroe traffic (access required)

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MONROE – A new 20-mile toll road is still the best option for relieving traffic congestion along U.S. 74 in Union County, according to a revised report issued recently by federal and state highway officials. The N.C. Department of Transportation ...

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N.C. DOT to hold meetings on Monroe Bypass (access required)

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The state Department of Transportation will hold three meetings to receive comments on its revised analyses of the potential ecological impacts of building the Monroe Bypass, which it says is needed to alleviate traffic congestion in Monroe. The department was ...

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The end of the road maintenance in Union County (access required)

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MARVIN – Towns in Union County are scrambling to figure out how to fund the maintenance of future subdivision streets after the state recently alerted them that it will no longer be doing the work – something that municipalities in ...

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Monroe Bypass supporters make presentation at Indian Trail meeting; opposition not invited (access required)

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For a portion of the Indian Trail Town Council meeting Tuesday night, it seemed like a sanctioned parade for the proposed Monroe Bypass. Officials from state, county and local organizations raved about how the 19.7-mile toll road that would run from Stallings to Marshville would boost economic viability on U.S. Highway 74. They made a good case for the bypass, spouting facts about long commute times, heavy tractor-trailer use and how local businesses would benefit. But the opposition to the scrutinized bypass proposal wasn’t invited to speak at the council meeting, making the job easier.

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Monroe Bypass divides Union County communities: DOT suspends work but continues payments to contractors, including one facing unrelated felony charges (access required)

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State and federal transportation officials are putting the final touches on a second draft environmental report on the proposed Monroe Bypass, as nearby towns debate the project’s merits. Meanwhile, a lead bypass construction contractor continues to collect payments even though all work on the project has been suspended – and even as the company and four of its employees face federal fraud charges not related to the bypass work.

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FAA: Charlotte airport to stay with city – for now (access required)

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A federal agency said Thursday it will stay out of the fight between Charlotte and North Carolina lawmakers for control of the nation's sixth busiest airport until legal issues are resolved in court. In a letter to the city, the Federal Aviation Administration said "who governs an airport is a local decision." But the agency has to ensure that airports "remain safe and financially self-sustaining."

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