Busy road in NoDa reopens after four years of construction

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After four years of construction, 36th Street in the NoDa neighborhood is back open.

The closure has caused headaches for drivers, businesses and community members.

During those four years, 36th Street in NoDa was basically cut in half, meaning drivers couldn't get to North Tryon Street in one direction, while North Tryon traffic couldn't reach the heart of NoDa.

Now, the barriers are gone and the street is back open.

“We just wanted it open,” said Justin Zalewsky, bar manager at the Blind Pig. "Four years is a long time."

The road construction project began in 2014.

The goal was to create a new light rail station with traffic running under the tracks, as well as building an additional bridge for freight train traffic.

However, for some nearby businesses, the payoff comes in more customers.

“I know it's going to bring more business,” Zalewsky said. “Open up that heavy flow of traffic."

Since the road has been closed, Zalewsky said the next concern is for customer safety.

“The patrons that come here on the weekends, that they're not paying attention because the street has been closed for four years,” Zalewsky said. “I want to make sure everyone is safe when crossing traffic."

Charlotte-Area Transportation officials said several factors played a part in the delayed road closure, including, most recently, the impact of Hurricane Florence.

After the storm and the extended wait, those who live and work in NoDa said they can finally enjoy the end result and celebrate.

"I actually posted on Facebook tonight, ‘Let's celebrate 36th Street opening back up.’"

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