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Today’s traffic: Providence, Beatties Ford, Tom Hunter closures

Construction projects are the big news for Charlotte-area motorists, with two of the region’s more popular thoroughfares closed Friday morning and another road to close Friday evening.

A portion of Providence Road in southeast Charlotte was closed about 9:30 a.m., so crews could begin installing a new sewer pipe. That closure is expected to continue until Monday morning.

A portion of Beatties Ford Road in northwest Mecklenburg County was closed about 9 a.m., so crews could begin work on a new bridge. That will be a longterm closure.

And Tom Hunter Road will be closed at North Tryon Street this weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, for work related to the extension of the light rail line.

Here are the details:

Providence Road ... All lanes of the road are closed near McAlpine Creek. The closure is expected to last until Monday morning, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities officials. A new sewer line will be installed over the weekend.

In effect, through traffic will be halted between the intersection of Rea and Alexander roads on the south, and Old Providence Road on the north. Motorists will be detoured onto Old Providence and Rea roads, or they can use Sardis Road as an alternate.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says about 38,000 motorists use that section of Providence Road every day.

Beatties Ford Road ... A section of the road over McIntyre Creek will be closed until about Sept. 17, for construction of a new bridge. This closure affects through traffic between Sunset Road and Lakeview Road.

The detour takes motorists on Sunset Road, Reames Road and Lakeview Road, back to Beatties Ford Road. The DOT says about 21,000 motorists use that portion of the road every day.

Tom Hunter Road ... The intersection with North Tryon Street will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday until 4 p.m. Monday, then again for the same hours next weekend. The closure will not affect through traffic on North Tryon Street.

Motorists trying to reach Tom Hunter Road will follow a detour, using Arrowhead Drive and Elgywood Lane.

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