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Cornelius plans I-77 display promoting Lake Norman

CORNELIUS — The town of Cornelius is planning a display at a newly renovated interchange on Interstate 77 to attract visitors to the Lake Norman area.

The town will put up a series of cables 42-feet high in the shape of two sails on a ship early next year.

“It’s going to create the image of a lake community and be tremendously significant in pulling motorists off I-77,” Bill Russell of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, The Charlotte Observer reported.

The same company that renovated the Exit 28 interchange is doing the cable display. The town decided to do the work on the first weekend of January because the bridge will have to be closed and officials did not want to disrupt traffic.

Cornelius contributed $2 million of the $6.2 million to revamp the interchange. The town’s money went to the sails, other architectural features and burying utility lines, all to make the bridge a nice gateway to the community.

Russell said he doesn’t mind if people on I-77 slow down to take in the new bridge because that might mean they decide to go ahead and get off the highway and spend money at nearby businesses.

“I don’t think there’s any bridge on any interstate that will look as spectacular as this bridge is going to look,” Russell said.

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