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City: Work on Rea Road widening project 20% complete

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

People who've been living with non-stop construction in south Charlotte seem to be taking it all in stride.

The Rea Road widening project has been underway since last summer.

Homeowners wary of what it means for their properties say the city has kept them informed every step of the way, but they can hardly wait for it to be over.

The city says work on the road is 20 percent complete.

The next change is expected to happen later this week with traffic shifting over so work can be done on the east side of the road from Highway 51 to Carmel Estates.

Five months ago, WBTV spoke to Tracy Ford who lived along Rea Road. He showed us before and after photos of his front yard and joked he no longer had much grass to cut. "The kids like it..they get to see all the big machines but that's as far as the fun goes," Ford said. WBTV went back to find Ford but couldn't. We did meet Millie Aguilar.

"Personally, no I don't mind. Really it's not a big deal. I take that way so the traffic is not that heavy," Aguilar said.

She says her neighbor though moved out a couple of weeks ago.

One reason, she says he told her, he couldn't deal with the construction - that the heavy traffic got to be too much of a headache.

Neighbors in Carmel Estates subdivision say it can take 20 minutes to get to the Pineville-Matthews Road intersection less than a mile away.

Drivers will soon deal with a traffic shift as work begins on the east side of the road from Highway 51 to Carmel Estates.

The work includes grading, completing the storm drainage system and constructing curbs, gutters, retaining walls and sidewalks.

The completed project will include bike lanes and street lighting. It will also address site distance issues in hopes of cutting down on car accidents. 

"We have to be patient..we want something nice. It's going to be good for our community," Aguilar said.

The city gives this advice to drivers in the area: "Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious.  Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone.  Drivers should double their following distance."

The $22.5 million project should be complete by fall of next year.

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