Homeowners Call Widening Project A Headache
CHARLOTTE, NC- A big headache and a big mess.
"It's startling," said Maury Rapp.
Rapp has lived on Rea Road for 25 years. In a city that prides itself on its tree canopy, he's concerned that over 20 trees that blocked his house from the busy road are gone.
The 22.5 million dollar project will widen a 1.5 mile stretch from Pineville-Matthews Road to Colony Road.
It's supposed to ease traffic and improve safety by adding bike lanes, medians and sidewalks.
"There's trees everywhere and trash. It's just awful. And the privacy isn't good, there's no privacy at all," said Angela Johnson.
Johnson says the Department of Transportation told her it will build a temporary road within 10 feet of her front porch.
"I'm concerned about my kids, my animals, and my house too. Accidents on the road and cars coming into my yard. It's just going to be too close," said Johnson.
Some homeowners say the inconvenience will be worth it in the end, but others like Rapp and his wife dread years of chaos in their yard.
"She basically said 'I don't like it!' and I said we are just going to have to live with it because there is nothing we can really do about it," said Rapp.
Homeowners will have to deal with the construction for a while. The widening project is expected to be completed in 2014.