CHARLOTTE -TheN.C. DepartmentofTransportationis planning to open the newly replaced southbound bridge on U.S. 29 over Mallard Creek on Friday, May 22. The University-area bridge has been closed for replacement since October 2014.
Around the week of June 1, crews will switch northboundtraffic onto thesouthbound bridge, so that it canmaintain two-way traffic while thenorthbound bridge is replaced.The workis part of a $4.4 million contract to replace the two bridges on U.S. 29, concurrent with construction activities associated with the City of Charlotte'sBlue Line Extensionproject.
NCDOT is working closely with the City and Charlotte Area Transit (CATS) engineers to make the bridge opening and subsequent traffic shiftas seamless as possible for motorists.NCDOT will not immediately shift northbound traffic onto thesouthbound bridge in order to accommodate increased traffic expected aroundthe area in the days leading up toSunday, May 24, for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
When the southbound bridge opens,the Mallard Creek Greenway will be closed at the bridges as part of construction. At this time, a date for the reopening of thegreenway hasn't been determined.
Motorists are encouraged to stay alert, slow down and use caution when traveling through the area, as it remains an active work zone.