Motorists across the Charlotte region will deal with construction projects on some heavily traveled roads, with several new road closures and several others extended.
Perhaps the biggest impact of the construction will be felt near the Central Piedmont Community College Central Campus, due to the closure of Kings Drive between Fourth and Seventh streets. Crews are installing streetcar tracks at Elizabeth Avenue and Kings Drive, and the Kings Drive closure is scheduled for several weeks.
CPCC students and staff will not be able to use Kings Drive to reach parking decks, so the traffic will be coming off Seventh Street and Charlottetowne Avenue.
CPCC officials are reminding students and staff to allow extra driving time.
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There are several other construction projects facing motorists:
East Boulevard … Resurfacing work between Kings Drive/Queens Road West and Scott Avenue was to have been completed last Friday, but Charlotte transportation officials say it will be Nov. 7 before the work is finished. The delay is due to unexpected water pipe repairs on East Boulevard near Lombardy Circle.
Elm Lane … Completion of this project also has been delayed. Elm Lane is closed between Williams Pond Lane and Millwright Lane for repaving. The work was scheduled for completion Oct. 11, but officials say the reopening of the road has been delayed indefinitely until utility line work is finished. The detour route uses Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Rea Road and Williams Pond Lane.
Fifth Street … The 500 block of Fifth, at North Caldwell Street, was closed Saturday so crews can extend the streetcar line across Fifth. The closure is scheduled through Nov. 9. The detour uses Caldwell, Third and Davidson streets.
West Boulevard … The closure of two portions of West Boulevard has been extended until Monday. Work was to have been finished last week. The closures on West Boulevard are between Fordham Road and Barringer Drive, and at the intersection of Remount Road.
Morehead Road, Cabarrus County … The N.C. Department of Transportation said Morehead Road at Mallard Creek, between N.C. 49 and U.S. 29, is scheduled to be closed until early May.
Crews will be replacing the bridge over Mallard Creek. Motorists will be detoured on N.C. 49, Interstate 485 and U.S. 29.