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Blue Line construction to close roads in University City beginning Monday night

Workers paint the supports for the Brookshire Freeway above the Blue Line Extension north of uptown. The northern line is scheduled to open in summer 2017.
Workers paint the supports for the Brookshire Freeway above the Blue Line Extension north of uptown. The northern line is scheduled to open in summer 2017. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Crews will block two major roads in northeast Charlotte during nighttime hours this week for construction of the Lynx Blue Line Extension light rail system.

University City Boulevard will be closed at North Tryon Street from 10 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to Charlotte Department of Transportation.

The detour for drivers going west on University City Boulevard will be along North Tryon Street, University Pointe and IKEA Boulevard.

For drivers going east, the detour will follow IKEA Boulevard, University Pointe, North Tryon Street and W.T. Harris Boulevard.

On Tuesday through Thursday nights, Harris Boulevard will be closed at North Tryon Street from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to CDOT.

The detour for drivers on westbound W.T. Harris will be along North Tryon Street and J.W. Clay Boulevard.

Eastbound drivers will detour along North Tryon and University City Boulevard.

The 11 stations for the $1.16 billion, 9.3-mile Blue Line Extension light rail service are scheduled to open in August 2017.

Meanwhile, unrelated construction on Freedom Drive in west Charlotte will close part of the road March 14-18.

The westbound curb lane will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday until 5 p.m. Wednesday between Park Fairfax Drive and Allenbrook Drive.

The eastbound curb lane will be closed from 7 a.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Friday, according to CDOT.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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