As storm looms, County temporarily halts work on parking deck

A portion of road near the intersection of Market Street SW and Barbrick Avenue SW will close beginning Wednesday (Sept. 12) at 3 p.m. as crews lay down the crane used in construction of the downtown parking deck.

The move will protect the 375-foot crane from potential high winds from Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to make landfall later this week.  

Workers will position the crane in parking spaces along the west side of Market Street SW. The laydown will prevent motorists from turning onto Barbrick Avenue SW, which is a one-way street. Through-traffic will not be allowed from Cabarrus Avenue W down Market. Traffic will still be allowed to turn off Barbrick onto Market.

Parking spaces will remain available on the east side of Market Street.

The County is also placing directional signs around the area, said Cabarrus County Area Manager of Operations Kyle Bilafer. Weather permitting, the crane is expected to return to its working position on Monday, he added.  

The county is building the 614-spot downtown parking deck on the corner of Corban Avenue SW at Spring Street SW, across from the Cabarrus County Courthouse. The project addresses increased parking demands for courthouse activity.

Cabarrus emergency officials continue to coordinate with local, state and federal partners in preparing for the storm’s potential impacts, said Bobby Smith, director of Cabarrus County Emergency Management. Residents should pay close attention to official weather alerts from the National Weather Service, Smith added.

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