Residents in Elizabeth Say Noise From the Construction on Hawthorne Lane Bridge Is Becoming a Nuisance

CHARLOTTE, NC– Progress tonight on demolition of the Hawthorne Lane Bridge in East Charlotte. All of the girders over inbound Independence are gone. Residents say noise from the construction is becoming a nuisance.

“It gets a little loud sometimes, they sometimes bring out the jackhammer so it’s a little bit more noisy,” says Liam Pearce, who lives right next to the construction.

The demolition of the bridge connecting Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood is supposed to wrap up this Spring. It’s phase two of the Gold Line Street Car Extension. CATS needs to build a new bridge that can support the weight of both vehicles and street cars.

Neighbors say the construction is  usually the loudest between 10 pm and 2am.

“The fact that they have to do most of the construction at night does make it a little bit of a nuisance during the evenings,” says Elizabeth resident Christopher Jones.

NC DOT officials say it’s protocol to do construction projects in the evening for safety purposes.

Charlotte City Councilman Larken Egleston says lane closures are made at night when there’s not as much traffic that Independence sees during daytime hours.

Egleston says the bridge demolition will be the noisiest part of the project. Although the noise is bothersome, some neighbors hope it’ll be worth it.

“Mass transit is really going to be a perfect thing for Charlotte and it’s growth,” says Jones.

Construction of the new bridge should be finished in Spring of 2019. The price tag of the project is about five to six million dollars.