• LYNX Gold Line construction to close West Trade Street for 6 months

    By: Mark Barber


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A busy road in west Charlotte will close Wednesday and will stay that way for the next six months.

    [LINK: Road closures in West End]

    The closure of West Trade Street between Interstate 77 and Rozzelles Ferry Road is part of construction for the LYNX Gold Line which will run to Johnson C. Smith University.

    Crews need to work on the storm drains and sewer lines before they can lay down the streetcar tracks. All the construction is expected to disrupt traffic and businesses along West Trade Street.

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    Detour signs have been posted as the project begins -- the same project that shut down Hawthorne Lane in Elizabeth last year. That busy road was closed for so long that some local businesses couldn't survive.

    Neighbors also dealt with a lot of sleepless nights because crews often used jackhammers during the overnight road work.

    Now that the construction is extending into the West End, neighbors and business owners are expecting those same issues, but hope it will be worth all the headaches by the time the extension opens in two years.

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