Pipe project coming to downtown Matthews in June

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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. Continue reading

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Update on Matthews traffic accident

Matthews Police responded to a vehicle collision on US 74 at Interstate 485 today around 12:30 pm. The initial investigation shows that a 2005 Honda Accord, occupied only by one person was traveling eastbound on US 74 at a high rate of speed when it crossed the center median. A 2007 Infiniti G35, also occupied by one person driver, was traveling westbound on US 74 when it was struck head-on by the Honda. The driver of the Honda sustained fatal injuries upon impact. The driver of the Infiniti was transported to Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte where he was treated and released. Continue reading

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Got a lead foot? Better watch out for the next few weeks

Top Speed is coming closerGov. Bev Perdue announced today that the N.C. State Highway Patrol and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are kicking off Operation Slow Down/No Need 2 Speed to catch speeders on North Carolina’s highways. Local law enforcement agencies will join troopers from now through April 12 to encourage drivers to slow down and follow the speed limit.
“North Carolina law enforcement will be going after speeders who recklessly endanger our citizens,” said Perdue. “Speed is the leading cause of crashes on our highways. I urge motorists to slow down and obey the speed limit. ” Continue reading

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List of MUMPO projects ready for Fed’s stimulus money

In today’s Mint Hill Times there is an article about Mint Hill’s maneuvering to collect stimulus money–if it comes available. Here is a complete list of the projects the Metropolitan Union Mecklenburg Planning Organization will submit to the state DOT. Mint Hill is seeking funds for a sidewalk which will run along Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road from Highway 51 to Nelson Road. Also on the list is a resurfacing and widening project of Highway 218 from Interstate 485 to Anson County.

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Mint Hill man dies in helicopter crash

Mark Bartlett of Mint Hill died in helicopter crash this morning. According to published reports, the helicopter clipped a power line and crashed in Monroe. Bartlett was 46 years old. A second man, Justin Travis, was also involved in the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital. He was awake and conscious. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Bartlett was the pilot and that the helicopter crashed at 10:35 am. According to the Monroe Enquirer Journal:

“It was just a big explosion,” said Charles Sturgis, who lives at 1402 Woodland Ave., near the crash site. “It shook my whole house.”

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