City News

Pedestrian bridge construction starts

Beware of another street closing because of construction of the NASCAR Hall of Fame project.

Brevard Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Stonewall Street was scheduled to close this weekend and again in two weekends (starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19) for the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Brevard. Construction was set for the weekends to limit traffic congestion.

The bridge is part of the plan to make the area more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly. It will span about 100 feet, with a 40-foot-wide top level open to the public and 20-foot-wide service level on the bottom for Charlotte Convention Center staff. It will connect the convention center to a ballroom in the Hall of Fame.

Don't get too excited about walking it – the construction is only in the preliminary stages.

“It's going to be awhile before it's opened to the public,” said Travis Stewart, with Charlotte Department of Transportation.

Tryon Street festivities

The Blues, Brews & BBQ festival will shut down Tryon Street and all cross streets between College and Church streets at 6 p.m. Thursday, and they won't re-open until next Sunday morning.

Saturday's Hog Jog 5K will also affect traffic in the morning, with runners using Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Caldwell streets and Central Avenue. Normal traffic patterns should resume around noon.

Intersection construction

Ferncliff Road at Providence Road will close at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday for water-system improvements.

Local access will be allowed from Sharon Lane to Phoenix Place to Ferncliff.