The Democratic National Convention means special events and schedule changes throughout the region. Watch for these changes:
Broken down car? It’ll be towed ‘immediately’
The N.C. Department of Transportation and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are partnering to “swiftly” tow disabled or abandoned vehicles from the shoulder of specific roads in the region, according to a news release.
Any vehicles parked in these areas will be towed “immediately” to “ensure safe, efficient travel for motorists,” the release said. The measure will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 on the following roads:
• I-85 from the Cleveland/Gaston County line to the Cabarrus/Rowan County line;
• I-77 from the South Carolina line to the I-40 interchange in Iredell County;
• I-485 in Mecklenburg County;
• I-277 in Mecklenburg County;
• U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) from I-277 to Albemarle Road; and
• N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) from I-77 to I-85.
Also, through Friday, Sept. 7, lane closures are prohibited on interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Anson, Gaston and Iredell counties.
The restrictions will be lifted at 8 p.m. Sept. 7.
Uptown libraries closing
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will close its two Uptown locations, Main Library and ImaginOn, from Sept. 2 to 8.
This decision was made by the Board of Trustees last year due to concerns about access, parking, safety and security, according to a news release. There will be no public access to either library or their book returns during this time.
Hours at the remaining 18 locations, including Matthews and Mint Hill, will remain the same.
Many library services are available online at www.cmlibrary.org, including searching the catalog, placing holds, checking to see when items are due, pay overdue fines or renew items. Telephone renewal is available at 704 416-7363.
The library’s information line, 704-416-0101, will be available during its regular operating hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7p.m. and Friday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Uptown transit center moves
The Charlotte Area Transit System’s transit center will relocate Monday, Sept. 3 to Wednesday, Sept. 5, to the intersection of South Mint and Third streets.
The temporary location will provide: pass sales and customer information; connections to other CATS bus routes; air-conditioned waiting areas; public restrooms; concessions; and on site safety and security personnel.
Animals are diggin’ DNC
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control will be celebrating the DNC with extended hours and offering microchips for $10.
The shelter at 8315 Byrum Drive, in Charlotte, will be open on Labor Day, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m and Tuesday, Sept. 4 to Friday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Microchips will be available for $10 on Sept. 4 to 7 between 7 to 8:30 p.m.
~Compiled by Kara Lopp