CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - This week, Cabarrus County posted signs informing visitors to downtown Concord that Surface Parking Lot 3 (located at the corner of Barbrick Avenue and Spring Street) and Surface Parking Lot 4 (Corban Avenue and Spring Street) will close on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.
During construction, which is expected to last through March 2019, courthouse visitors are encouraged to park in the County's Surface Parking Lot 2 (located next to Fifth Third Bank, between Church Street and McCachern Boulevard).
The closures signal the start of the County's project to construct a new County five-story, 628-spot parking deck on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse. The deck is being built to address parking demands for courthouse activities.
The construction zone will extend into and require adjacent sidewalks along Barbrick Avenue SW, Spring Street SW and Corban Avenue SW to close. Traffic on Barbrick Avenue SW will shift around the construction zone, which will extend into on-street parking and some roadway. Construction is not expected to impede travel on Barbrick, which is a one-way street.
In consideration of impact to downtown business and visitors, County staff worked with City of Concord Transportation staff to plan a route for construction-related vehicles with the least impact on downtown businesses and visitors. The County also released 95 spaces in its public lots that were regularly used for internal functions. Those vehicles will divert to designated spaces across downtown that are not available for public use. The County will also work to inform residents of the North Carolina Courts System's Electronic Compliance and Dismissal—an easy and convenient way to address specified minor traffic offenses online rather than coming in person to the Courthouse.
"We have worked very hard to find solutions that will lessen the burden on those who will park downtown during construction," said County Manager Mike Downs. "We want to thank local business owners, residents and those who will visit downtown for their patience during the construction process. The temporary inconvenience will result in a deck that will change the landscape of downtown and improve future usability."
The County expects that, much like Concord's municipal deck, the courthouse deck will also support growth in downtown Concord, and evening and weekend visitors to the area.
Cabarrus County awarded construction of the project to Messer Construction Company. Morris Berg Architects and project engineers Kimley-Horn completed the design and will provide construction administration of the parking deck.
The County has communicated multiple updates related to the construction project through stakeholder meetings, public meetings, online communication channels and Cabarrus County Television.
In May, County officials held a public information session and an online discussion on the construction of the new parking deck. Residents viewed renderings, spoke with experts and provided feedback on the project. For a week in October, the County closed Surface Lot 3 for pre-construction work.
For more information on the parking deck project, visit www.cabarruscounty.us.