Third Street closing to last another 2 weeks

City leaders say the closing of Third Street, which has caused rush hour nightmares for travelers in uptown Charlotte, should only last another two weeks.

West Third Street between Church Street and Tryon Street is scheduled to re-open October 24 after being closed for nearly a month for utility work.

The street is next to the site where Greystar Properties is constructing a 300-unit apartment tower across from Romare Bearden Park.

The closing of one city block causes a domino effect on the streets near the park as traffic is re-routed. Making matters worse, construction crews occasionally block off part of Church Street so trucks can pull in.

And two blocks away, travelers have to contend with lane blockages and occasional street closing in connection with the construction of apartments about the Mint Museum.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation recommends that motorists use South Church Street, West Stonewall Street and South Tryon Street as detours.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson