Matthews announced this week that improvements to N. Trade Street and Matthews Mint Hill Road will begin March 1, weather permitting. The work on N. Trade Street is designed to make the street more pedestrian friendly and beautify the downtown area. Crosswalk and sidewalk improvements will be completed as part of the plan. Both N. Trade Street and Matthews Mint Hill Road will be repaved. The project is expected to take one month. Staff is working to minimize the impact on businesses and residents.

The Town received $550,000 in federal stimulus dollars for this project. The cost of the project is $611,000. Boggs Paving of Monroe is the general contractor. The entire project is expected to be done by April 1.

Details of the Project include:

Section One – N. Trade Street (from the intersection of John Street to East Matthews Street)

This schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

1. March 1- Installation of sidewalk bump outs and crosswalk work begins. Work will occur during the day on this section. There may be periodic lane closures.
2. Week of March 22 – This includes installation of a new LED lights in the existing crosswalk near the Matthews Farmers Market entrance and a new raised crosswalk on E. Charles St. The steps at the Community Fellowship Church will be replaced with a handicap accessible ramp. Milling of the old pavement and repaving of the street begins. Street will be closed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. This should take 5 nights. Motorists will need to use the marked detour which is Matthews Street to Ames Street.

Section Two – Matthews Mint Hill Road (from N. Trade Street to U.S. 74)

Work will likely be done from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. This schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.

1. This project includes milling away old pavement and repaving this section of the street.

2. Work begins week of March 15.

3. The road will remain open to traffic. There may be periodic lane closures.