Improvements are continuing to approximately half a mile of South Trade Street in Matthews under a $3 million project the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded in December 2017.
The following press release was issued by the North Carolina Department of Transportation:
MATTHEWS – Improvements are continuing to approximately half a mile of South Trade Street in Matthews under a $3 million project the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded in December 2017.
Contractor Blythe Development Co. has been working to expand South Trade Street from two to four lanes between Chaphyn Lane and Marque Place. The project also calls for a concrete median from Weddington Road to just north of Brenham Lane, giving drivers right-in and right-out access at Brenham Lane. These improvements will reduce the potential for rear-end crashes.
Currently, the contractor has completed the culvert extension and headwall construction for the pedestrian culvert on the upstream end of the project. Crews are now backfilling the culvert there to next build subgrade and pavement structure.
Downstream, a slide rail is being used that allows the contractor to work on that end of the project without having to shift traffic.
The original completion date was Sept. 28, 2018 and was revised to May 15. Delays were caused by a lack of available contractor resources and above average precipitation last winter, which at times contributed to flooding in some areas of the work zone.
NCDOT is assessing liquidated damages of $1,000 per day until the project is completed late this fall or early winter.
For more information about the project, contact Resident Engineer Brian Davis at [email protected]