Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Charlotte readies streetcar construction

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Charlotte, N.C., city officials Tuesday said work on the proposed 1.5-mile starter streetcar line would commence before the end of the month.

Construction crews will start road and curbside work along Trade Street nearest to Kings Drive, then move toward the Time Warner Cable Arena, where starter line will interface with the city's existing light rail line, officials told local media.

The project's worth and necessity has been questioned in recent days despite landing federal funding more than two months ago, leading some to doubt if work on the line would get under way."

Last November the city awarded a $26.3 million contract to Atlanta-based Balfour Beatty Rail Inc. and Charlotte-based Blythe Development Co. for the streetcar line.