• Crews close Central Avenue at railroad crossings Monday

    By: Blaine Tolison , Gina Esposito


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It’s not easy living and working in the active construction site that is Plaza Midwood.

    Ian Terhune, with Moo & Brew, knows it all too well. Just around his restaurant, there are four buildings under construction.

    The road his business faces, Central Avenue, will close on Monday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at two railroad crossings. 

    "I'm kind of flabbergasted. You just brought it to my attention," Terhune said. "From 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., that cuts into two meal periods. That’s lunch, that's dinner. It’s a whole day’s worth of sales."

    There are dozens of other businesses here that stand to lose thousands of dollars.

    "Being shut down for basically a whole business day? That’s really going to hurt the pocket." Zack Stitt, from Chief's Smoke Shop said.

    Crews are closing the road to lay down new rail at the railroad crossings at Central and Louise Avenue.

    Neighborhood business owners wanted the work done at night when there's less traffic, but officials said the work must be done during the day.

    Officials with CSX Transportation, the company involved in the construction, said they spend more than $1 billion annually on rail improvements.

    They said the work will benefit the community in the long run.

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