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Landscaping is coming to Lake Norman’s Brawley School Road!

Lake Norman's Brawley School Road Widening lacked landscaping

With the completion of the 3-year widening of Brawley School Road in Mooresville, those of us who live on Lake Norman’s wonderful Brawley Peninsula were so elated for it to be over that most of us took the lack of the promised landscaping of the center medians in stride.  What are a few weeds compared to the gift of time not spent in traffic?  Life is good!

Thankfully, the Lower Brawley School Road Beautification Committee was formed and their members have worked tirelessly with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to push them live up to their original landscape committments.

Beginning in Fall 2014, the state will begin landscaping the entire 7- mile Brawley School Road from our new Exit 35 to Southfork Road where Brawley School narrows just before entering The Point.  In their January meeting, DOT Roadside Environmental Engineer, Morgan De Witt, unveiled their plans for their specific plantings that will be placed in the widest portions of the medians.

In addition to the plantings, the rest of the medians will be sodded with Zoysia grass which is a spreading variety that is supposed to remain reasonably neat in the winter.

The NC DOT has also shared that the mowing and maintenance of the entire 7-mile stretch has been contracted and will be paid for by them.  The mowing contract will be on a 3-week schedule from May to October.

Finally, the NC DOT announced that they are funding and have plans for plantings at our new Exit 35 and additonal planting for Exits 31, 33 and 36.

I would personally like to thank the Lower Brawley School Rd Beautification Committee for its tireless work over the past 2 years!

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What a difference a year makes!

It was exactly a year ago this week that Lake Norman’s infamous Brawley School Road widening project was completed.  For those of us who live down the 8-mile cul-de-sac the result has been nothing short of miraculous.  I took this photo from my car the other day.  Notice the lack of cars, the divided 4-lanes with an additional turn lane AND sidewalks and a bike lane!  Now that we have bike lanes and sidewalks cyclists (including myself) and pedestrians frequent Brawley School Rd.  There is even a group of cyclists called The Brawley Drafters  and recommended routes for avid cyclists.  It is a welcome site to see kids and families walking along the sidewalks.  What a transformation of our community! Continue reading