South Charlotte

Weddington Road to reopen

There's good news for motorists in Matthews and surrounding communities.

Weddington Road will be reopened Sunday, weather permitting.

A portion of Weddington Road, a heavily used connector between Matthews' downtown district and the southeastern Mecklenburg County and western Union County area, has been closed the last six weeks. The closure was due to a culvert replacement between Pleasant Plains Road and Plantation Road.

The opening will come just in time for the start of public school, which opens in Mecklenburg County on Monday.

However, the opening of the road will depend on weather -- and with heavy rain possible later this week, that could mean delays.

Officials say the reopening of the road does not mean that the construction is completed and the delays at an end. Motorists can expect delays until December, when the project is scheduled to be finished. That means lane closures will take place each day.

In addition, say city officials, the right-turn yield from Trade Street to Weddington Road will be quite short. A new light is not expected to be installed for a few weeks, so the short right-turn yield signal could mean extra congestion in the late afternoon hours.

"We appreciate everyone's diligence in working together," Matthews Town Manager Hazen Blodgett said. "With a project of this magnitude and the added stress of trying to complete it before school starts, many people worked closely to make this happen."

Matthews officials say Time Warner Cable and Windstream worked closely with N.C. Department of Transportation officials to ensure that the road is reopened in time for the start of the CMS academic year.