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Blue Line stations to close this weekend for expansion project

Construction on the Lynx Blue Line will call for closing some stations on Aug. 1 and 2.
Construction on the Lynx Blue Line will call for closing some stations on Aug. 1 and 2. John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charl

More than half of the Lynx Blue Line stations will be closed this weekend as the city expands them to accommodate longer trains.

That’s one of two things to watch for as you figure out the best way to travel around town this weekend and into next week:

Lynx Blue Line stations closed

On Saturday and Sunday, you won’t be able to ride the full run of the Blue Line light rail. Eight of the 15 light rail stations will be closed, from the New Bern station south to the Interstate 485/South Boulevard stop.

Bus service will be available on the Lynx Connector bus, which will follow the same schedule as the train, according to the Charlotte Area Transit System. That means about every 20 minutes.

CATS will close the stations for the weekend as it looks to beef up the light rail system to serve more riders.

The “Capacity Expansion” project will allow for three-car trains. Station platforms will be lengthened and power supply substations will be added to accommodate longer and more frequent trains.

Sharon View Road lane closing

This popular east-west cut across in the South Park area will likely see more congestion and delays from Aug. 3 to Sept. 7. Crews will be working on the storm drain system.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation plans to shift eastbound traffic along Sharon View Road between Colony Road and Winding Creek Lane.

CDOT will close part of the eastbound lane on the right side of the road. The construction zone is 300 to 400 feet, but westbound traffic will also be affected.

To shift eastbound traffic away from construction in the right lane, CDOT will close the center turn lane to westbound traffic as it approaches Colony Road. The center turn lane will be open to eastbound traffic.

Westbound drivers wanting to make a left turn at Colony Road won’t have a designated lane, and that could slow things down.

Karen Sullivan: kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com, 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms