A portion of Kings Drive in the Elizabeth area will be closed for the next week so crews can do work related to the Charlotte streetcar.
The closure affects the 200 block of North Kings between Elizabeth and Central avenue, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation. The closure, which began today, will run through 6 a.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Drivers can take Elizabeth Avenue to North McDowell Street to East Seventh Street as an alternate route.
The city said access to businesses in the area will be maintained, but the road closure will also affect CATS bus routes. Details about any route changes weren’t immediately available. Check www.ridetransit.org for more info.
The city broke ground in December on the initial 1.5-mile route of the streetcar, which will run from the Charlotte Transportation Center and Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown to Presbyterian Hospital in Elizabeth. Service on route could begin in 2015.
Crews are working this week on water line construction related to the starter route.
Meanwhile, city leaders are still debating whether to extend the streetcar. Officials had hoped to eventually build a 10-mile route stretching from the Rosa Parks Place Transit Center on Beatties Ford Road and the Eastland Mall Transit Center.