Nearly a year after construction to widen Independence Boulevard was supposed to start, the North Carolina Department of Transportation still can't say when work will begin.
This week NCDOT met with contractors but hasn't said what's been decided about possible lane closures or traffic problems that will affect thousands of drivers every day.
That's upsetting to leaders in east Charlotte who have already seen problems develop from previous widening work on Independence
"When you don't know when it's going to start, all you're doing is creating more turmoil and mistrust in the whole process," said Charlotte City Councilman John Autry. "Each delay is that much longer before all of this is behind us."
The state has spent years widening Independence and eliminating traffic lights. The new project will extend the freeway portion of the road from Sharon Amity to Conference Drive.
Contracts signed between the DOT and contractors allow construction to start as early as April 1, but that won't happen.
For businesses along the stretch that will be widened, the delays are frustrating.
Steve Mavroidis runs a Greek market whose front door is only a few feet away from the construction zone. In addition to being concerned about the effects of the actual construction, he says uncertainty about the project's timetable adds insult to injury.
"We don't know what to do," Mavroidis said. "We have other ideas we want to do here but we're so scared of doing anything. We don't want to spend any more money because we just don't know the outcome."