Project Fast Facts
  • County: Durham-Wake
  • Type of Project: Railroad Improvement (Passing Siding) and Grade Separation
  • STIP Number: U-4716ABC
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $24.7 million
  • Start of Construction:
    January 2013
  • Completion of Construction:
    Spring 2016
Durham/Morrisville Railroad Improvements and Grade Separation Logo

Description

This project involves reconstructing existing tracks, realigning curves, adding a second set of tracks and constructing a new railroad bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) tracks over Hopson Road in Wake County.

The improvements will help increase train speeds and reduce travel times for passenger service. The addition of a second track will allow passenger trains to pass slower freight trains, improving service reliability. The new bridge over Hopson Road will reduce the risk of automobile/train collisions, improve safety for automobile and rail passengers, and reduce automobile and train traffic congestion.

This project is among improvements to the NCRR corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety.

News and Updates


  • This project was advertised and bid with contract awarded in December 2012.
  • Project is currently under construction.
  • The track is scheduled to be complete across the railroad bridge over Hopson Road in Spring 2015, permanently grade separating the Hopson Road railroad crossing. The existing railroad grade crossing at Church Street will close permanently at the same time.
  • Proposed project completion date is Spring 2016.

Project Highlights

  • Construct a bridge carrying NCRR tracks over Hopson Road.
  • Realign curves to improve track speeds and reduce travel times between Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • Construct a second track between I-40 and McCrimmon Parkway to reduce congestion and conflict between passenger and freight trains.
  • Remove at-grade crossings at Hopson Road and Church Street in Morrisville.
  • Extend Church Street to connect to Hopson Road.

Contact Information

Michelle Gaddy, P.E.

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (919) 840-0914
  • Address: 9628 Lumley Rd., Morrisville, NC 27560

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.