Matthews road widening work starts Monday

A $4.2 million project to widen South Trade Street is scheduled to begin Monday morning, according to Matthews officials.

The project calls for widening South Trade Street to a four-lane divided road, from east of Fullwood Lane to west of Chapyn Lane, just before the existing culvert at Four Mile Creek.

Matthews town officials said the project also includes installing curbs and gutters, drainage, and traffic signals. In addition, crews will build a one-way section of Chapyn Way that will provide access to the traffic signal at the entrance of the Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association facilities.

Crews are scheduled this week to move in equipment, install signs and begin erosion control measures. Work is scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

The contractor, Sealand Contractors Corp. of Charlotte, said it expects some traffic impact from the construction in February, but two lanes of South Trade Street are scheduled to remain open during the project.