Blythe Construction gets connector job

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

The Indian Trail Town Council chose Blythe Construction to begin construction on the Chestnut Connector during its Tuesday meeting.

Blythe entered the lowest bid of $1.5 million to build the road connecting Highway 74 to Old Charlotte Highway.

"The Chestnut Parkway, which is also called the Chestnut Connector, was aligned by (N.C. Department of Transportation) and (Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization) probably five or six years ago," Town Manager Joe Fivas said. "It's a needed improvement over all the provide relief for Indian Trail Road."

The price is a bit deceiving, Fivas said. Only about $750,000 is needed for constructing the actual road. Improvements to Matthews-Indian Trail Road, turn lanes, possibly a traffic light and a retention facility to contain stormwater runoff for the planned 50-acre park is also included in the price.

An empty house standing within the road's footprint would also be demolished, Fivas said. Once the areas is cleared and graded, construction on the road and its connections to other roads can begin.

The town is still waiting for county approval to provide water service to the area, including the planned park and the new location of Carolina Courts.

"The Chestnut Parkway...will be a four-lane parkway," Fivas said. "It'll have curb and gutter on all sides. There will be a median that will be landscaped. There will be streetlights that are all included in this. There will be a sidewalk that will be included in this."

Once approved, Fivas said Blythe Construction would begin construction as soon as possible.