Final paving of Rea Road began Tuesday morning, with crews starting at the intersection of N.C. 51 and proceeding north to Colony Road.
Work will last about a week and will consist of paving the through lanes, followed by the turn lanes and finally the side streets.
Paving will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, and police and flagmen will direct traffic.
Traffic “will be very heavy and may impact some side roads,” Imad Fakhreddin, senior project manager with the Charlotte Department of Transportation, said Tuesday morning.
The overall $22.5 million 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. Also included is a right-turn lane at N.C. 51 (Pineville-Matthews 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.
The project is being paid for with 2008 transportation bonds.