Apr 7, 2023 - Business

North Davidson’s traffic headache will drag on for months

construction at North Davidson and 27th in Charlotte

If you’ve driven through Villa Heights or NoDa recently, you’ve likely noticed ongoing construction at 27th street, and a traffic detour as a result.

What’s happening: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services crews are replacing aging storm drainage infrastructure, according to the city. The project includes installing a 14-foot-wide structure called a box culvert, which stretches more than 100 feet long underneath North Davidson Street.

  • The intersection closed on March 16, and it’s expected to be closed for two months.
  • There’s detour signage directing cars to North Brevard Street.

Why it matters: The intersection closure is a confusing nuisance for drivers, and it affects customers’ ability to easily access businesses along the road. But it’s a necessary infrastructure upgrade to keep pace with the city’s rapidly growing population.

Zoom out: Rhino Market sits right at the intersection of North Davidson and 27th, at the corner of the shopping center that also houses Free Range Brewing and Mimosas Nail Bar. Since the construction began, sales have declined 10-15%, owner Rob Rondelez tells Axios.

  • “There’s not much we can do,” Rondelez says, adding that he understands that these kinds of projects are necessary to support the city’s growth. “I get it but it doesn’t mean it’s great for my business.”

What’s next: The intersection will partially reopen with a single lane closure along North Davidson Street in May, though the whole project is anticipated to take until late 2023 to complete, according to the city.

  • A portion of East 27th Street will remain closed for the duration of the project, per the city.

What they’re saying: “This project improves essential infrastructure for our growing city. We recognize construction is disruptive and appreciate the public’s patience as we make improvements to benefit our community,” a statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services read.

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