CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Phase two of the Gold Line construction is underway in uptown Charlotte for the next week as crews install additional tracks.
It’s a multi-million dollar project that’s been in the works since 2017.
The streetcar previously ran a mile and a half from Hawthorne Street, west to the Charlotte Transportation Center.
The expansion will now extend the line another 2.5-miles west to Johnson C. Smith University.
Trade and Tryon streets are located in the heart of uptown. Nearly 25,000 pedestrians pass through every day, not to mention the thousands of cars, so the traffic impact is expected to be heavy.
There are three main sections that will be impacted by the construction.
The West End segment already closed sections of Beatties Ford Road from south of Brookshire through the five points intersection.
The uptown stretch of Trade Street from Interstate 77 through the new closure at Trade and Tryon streets.
And, the Hawthorne segment which includes the embattled Hawthorne Lane Bridge on the other end of phase one.
Traffic Team 9’s Mark Taylor said we’ll see overflow traffic on 4th and 5th streets.
And, while some drivers may use Church Street, there’s construction in that area as well.
“You’ve got so much going on in that certain section of uptown Charlotte between the Gold Line and some of the other construction projects, that it’s going to add some added overflow issues to those secondary surface roads,” Taylor said.
The project is expected to wrap up by late next year, and some travelers told us the change will be welcome.
“It’s part of the growing pains, and we just have to get used to it but it’s going to help us a lot,” Shelton Brown said. "I will definitely be using the Gold Line because it will allow me to move a little more freely.”
Trade and Tryon will reopen November 26.
It will then close again from Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 9-22.
Read more top trending stories on wsoctv.com:
- 'Do not approach': Manhunt underway for homicide suspect in Iredell County
- Bursted pipe floods Charlotte apartments; tenants evacuated
- Woman shot, killed at party in north Charlotte business park; man charged
- FORECAST: Cool temps, scattered showers to start the workweek
- Fired Cook Out employee accused of denying NC officer service speaks out
© 2019 Cox Media Group.