CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Work on the extension of the Lynx light rail extension started when ground was finally broken last July, but already there are some concerns and questions as construction work begins.
Crews can be seen along North Tryon Street near W.T. Harris Boulevard clearing land for the extension.
Walls are already being built there to support the tracks, but in some cases it appears the businesses are the ones being walled off.
S. John Mrzygod is the Transit Services Manager for the Charlotte Areas Transit Service, and he says no business will ever be completely shut off.
"They will be open for business, so we really encourage people to use the businesses as they do today,” he says.
At Griffin Brothers Tire Shop, manager Kyle Gibson said, "So far we have not seen much of an interruption in our business."
Not yet anyway. The new tracks will go right across the front of the store and Gibson is concerned.
"As they start to tear up the road and widen it out, I'm sure it will have a significant impact," he said.
Mrzygod said CATS was working with the businesses to address concerns.
"This is the hardest part of any project: dealing with the construction."
The new extension will run 9.3 miles connecting Uptown Charlotte with UNC-Charlotte.
It is expected it will carry 24,500 people each day by 2035.