The Hawthorne Lane bridge, in Charlotte’s east side, will close to traffic on Monday, July 24 at 9 a.m. for bridge reconstruction as part of the CityLYNX Gold Line Phase 2 project. The closure, which is expected to last until March 31, 2019, is necessary to accommodate the future streetcar and tracks.
Construction will consist of demolition of the existing bridge, erection of new steel beams, concrete work, rail installation, and other miscellaneous work. Throughout bridge reconstruction, closures may occur on Independence Boulevard (US 74) to safely conduct certain elements of construction including demolition and steel erection.
“Reconstruction of the Elizabeth Bridge will allow for our streetcar to safely cross Independence Boulevard”, said CATS CEO John Lewis, “Once complete, the new bridge will have a lifespan of another 30 to 50 years and will ensure safe streetcar service and vehicular traffic for many years to come.”
To accommodate this closure, Hawthorne Lane, between Hay Street and Hawthorne Bridge Court, will be closed to all through traffic. Motorists and pedestrians should utilize East 7th Street and Central Avenue as the detour.