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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

May 9, 2003

Project Will Close Fourth Street May 30 - June 3

Charlotte, NC - Construction has been scheduled for a new underground tunnel from Jail Central to the site of the new Mecklenburg County Courthouse, which will be built at Fourth and McDowell streets.  The tunnel will run under Fourth Street, enabling staff and inmates to move safely and securely between the two facilities.

Because of the construction, the Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) will CLOSE Fourth Street from 2 p.m., Friday, May 30, through 6 a.m., Tuesday June 3, 2003.  Fourth Street will be closed between McDowell and Alexander Streets. Detours will be clearly marked, allowing motorists ample opportunity to find alternate routes into and out of Uptown Charlotte.

Beginning May 30, contractors will excavate a trench across the street and install a series of pre-cast concrete sections.  Approximately 40 of the 8-foot long pre-cast sections will be used to traverse Fourth Street.  By the morning of June 3, the tunnel will be in place, paved over, and Fourth Street reopened to traffic.  The tunnel will connect with Jail Central on the north side of Fourth Street and capped on the south side until construction of the new courthouse has progressed to the stage where it will be connected.

The new Mecklenburg County Courthouse is scheduled for completion in the winter of 2006. The Judicial Center complex will feature the new courthouse, renovated facilities for criminal justice system agencies and a new parking deck. The new courthouse will be nine stories high, 568,000 square feet and consist of 34 fully functional courtrooms. An additional five courtrooms will be "shelled," ready to be furnished and staffed when the need arrives. A new parking deck to serve the Judicial Center is currently in the design phase.  It will be constructed across McDowell Street, next to the parking deck that serves the Sheriff's Office and Jail Central.

Mecklenburg County Real Estate Services and construction manager F.N. Thompson/Turner Construction/Walter B. Davis is managing the courthouse construction project jointly. Design and planning is being conducted by SchenkelShultz/HDR/Kallman McKinnell & Wood, with input from the various agencies that will utilize the new courthouse.

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