36th St. will remain closed months after Blue Line Extension opens


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — Those who thought the opening of the Blue Line extension would mean the opening of 36th street in NoDa will be disappointed to hear tonight that the road will remain closed until next summer.

On the surface, it appears the Blue Line extension is ready for riders, but at city council Monday night, another $15.3 million was approved to help complete the project. Much of the holdup is along 36th St. in NoDa.

Crews are working on a new underpass, adding the Blue Line extension and also realigning a neighboring freight railroad.

The street first closed on June 2014 and now isn’t expected to reopen until June 2018. 

Officials say issues moving the neighboring freight railroad has forced additional costs and an extended road closure.

Officials are adamant that the Blue Line extension won’t be delayed again, and is still scheduled to open in March.

“The issues around the delay has been with us coordinating these three projects. Norfolk Southern has not moved the goal posts. It’s just the complication of those three projects that has caused a delay outside of the blue line extension,” said CATS CEO John Lewis Jr.

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