$1.06M water main project coming to Matthews

Pipe will improve service in some neighborhoods along Pineville-Matthews Road

by Mike Parks

Crews should start work Monday, March 12, on a $1.06-million water main project along N.C. 51/Pineville-Matthews Road.

The new, 36-inch water line will run 1,620 linear feet from an existing water storage tank near Pineville-Matthews and Sardis roads in south Charlotte to the Fullwood Lane area in Matthews, where it will connect to an existing 24-inch water line. The project will help increase water flow, pressure and quality in the neighborhoods along the path, though it’s likely homeowners won’t realize the difference, Karen Whichard, spokeswoman with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department, said.

Once the project gets under way next week, drivers should expect to see crews boring under Bubbling Well, Fullwood Lane and Plantation Estates Drive as part of the project, but Whichard said crews won’t be tearing up those roads. The majority of the work will occur along the side of the road, Whichard said, and drivers shouldn’t see too many delays caused along the road other than when a lane is closed for a day or two for a valve repair along the way. Also, lanes may be closed briefly from time to time as trucks deliver supplies to the site, Whichard added.

The distribution line, part of an ongoing project, will be important in southern Mecklenburg County as the area continues to grow along Pineville-Matthews Road.

“The system grew really fast,” Whichard said of the area’s rapid population increase, adding that the larger line will be key in moving water quickly to area homes.

Charlotte City Council awarded the project late last month to Buckeye Construction, Inc.

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