South Charlotte

N.C. 51 leg gets smoother

Commuters who travel the southernmost leg of N.C. 51 will experience a much smoother ride this week.

Blythe Construction just completed a $1 million resurfacing project on N.C. 51 between Park Road and Johnston Road .

The resurfacing was done between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to avoid traffic delays along the busy corridor that connects with Interstate 485.

Blythe also is resurfacing Marvin Road from Johnston Road south to the Union County line, said Jen Thompson of the N.C. Department of Transportation. That project also is being completed at night.

Another, much larger project – widening of Providence Road between I-485 and Rea Road in Union – is under way. The state estimates it will be completed in November 2010.

The portion between I-485 and Ardrey Kell Road will be widened from one to three lanes in each direction. The southern leg from Ardrey Kell to Rea Road will expand from one lane to two in each direction.

This will provide relief for the more than 30,000 drivers who use Providence Road between I-485 and Ardrey Kell Road every day. The N.C. DOT is working with Scurry Construction on that project.