Delays expected on Rea Road this weekend

Slow traffic and delays are expected on Rea Road in Charlotte Saturday and Sunday, as milling operations are scheduled in northbound and southbound lanes to prepare for a final layer of asphalt on the road.

Flagmen will direct traffic around existing medians from N.C. 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road) to the new bridge.

Motorists are urged to consider alternate routes.

The work is part of the $22.5 million Rea Road widening project being paid for with 2008 transportation bonds.

The project includes two travel lanes divided by a planted median with left turn lanes, bicycle lanes, curb and gutter and sidewalk on both sides of the road.

Completed work includes 10,000 feet of storm drainage pipe, eight medians, grading on the north side of the bridge and removal of old pavement.

Paving and grading is underway, and the contractor is installing curb and gutter and sidewalk from Carmel Estates to Macandrew Drive. Landscaping contracts have been awarded, with installation beginning this month, according to the Charlotte Department of Transportation.

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