Thursday April 15, 2021

New Courthouse utility work temporarily altering traffic flow on Union

Storm utility work overhead

Beginning Monday (April 19), crews will start storm utility installation for the new Cabarrus County Courthouse in downtown Concord.

The work will start along Union Street in front of the existing Courthouse, and will essentially create a one-way stretch of road while also impacting the walkways in front of the Courthouse. During the same time, utility work will be performed between the existing Courthouse and historic Courthouse. 

Officials estimate the first portion of the project to run through the end of May. After that, the closure will move to the Corban Avenue side of the site, and crews will install a temporary ramp for accessibility to the Courthouse. The utility work in that area will run through July, when the accessible pathway from Corban is reopened and crews remove the temporary ramp.

The lane alteration on Union will remain in place until work is complete.

The remaining storm utility work past July won’t impact traffic further, as it will be conducted in the lane closures that currently exist on Corban Avenue and Church Street.

Courthouse construction is in full swing, as the foundational walls were recently installed, along with slabs for the 50,000-square-foot basement. Crews are also well into the process of erecting steel framework for the 250,000-square-foot building.

In addition to the new building, the project includes relocation of the Courthouse entrance to a pedestrian plaza built on the former Means Avenue. This will allow for better access from Church and Union streets. The project will update the nearly 50-year-old existing Courthouse and help alleviate a continued increase in courthouse traffic.

For more information on the courthouse construction project, including video updates, renderings and construction announcements, visit cabarruscounty.us/resources/courthouse-construction-project.

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