Starting June 15, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities contractor will replace and extend an existing 8-inch sewer pipe that serves several downtown businesses near the Trade Street/John Street intersection in the heart of downtown Matthews.

The project, expected to last up to two weeks, will involve a 4-day traffic detour from June 15-18, between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. The new sewer pipe needs to be replaced to alleviate service problems with the existing line. Building the new line a little bit longer than the current one will allow additional downtown businesses an alternative way to connect to the system and enhance their existing sewer service.

Due to under-street boring and sewer line installation on the South Trade Street side of the John St. intersection, all southbound Trade Street traffic will be detoured via West John Street between June 15 and June 18 during the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The northbound lane of Trade Street will not be affected. Matthews Police will provide traffic assistance.

Starting on or around June 19, southbound Trade Street lanes will reopen and will generally remain that way as the remaining sewer line work continues along the southbound edge of North Trade Street (between its intersections with John Street and Charles Street). Traffic flow will move in both directions but motorists should generally expect some lane adjustments and occasional delays due to the construction work, which should be finished no later than June 25.

“This project will pose a temporary inconvenience for motorists and folks in the construction area, but it’s going to improve sewer service for the long haul,” said Utilities spokesman Vic Simpson. “We’ve worked closely with the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Town of Matthews on the traffic plan and work schedule to ensure the least possible disruption to merchants, motorists and citizens in the area.” For more information on the project, visit the or websites.