Project Map
Project Map

Project Map

Project Fast Facts
  • County: Durham-Wake
  • Type of Project: Grade Separation
  • STIP Number: U-4716ABC
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $22.2 million
  • Start of Construction: March 2013
  • Completion of Construction: December 2015
Railroad Improvements


This project is among improvements to the North Carolina Railroad Company corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety. The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to re-construct existing tracks over a new curve alignment, add a second set of tracks and construct a new railroad bridge carrying the tracks over Hopson Road in Wake County.

News and Updates

  • This project was advertised and bid with contract awarded in December 2012.
  • Project is currently under construction.
  • Completion of construction is proposed in December 2015.

Project Overview and Purpose

  • This section of the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) currently hosts six Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains and six Amtrak trains per day.
  • Re-constructing existing tracks, re-aligning curves will allow increased train speeds and reduced travel times for passenger service.
  • A second track will allow additional passenger trains without affecting freight trains and will allow passenger trains to pass slower freight trains improving service reliability.
  • Freight train volumes are expected to increase. Two additional passenger trains will be added around 2017.
  • Building a new railroad bridge carrying NCRR tracks 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.

Project Highlights

  • Construct a bridge carrying NCRR tracks over Hopson Road.
  • Re-align curves to improve track speeds and reduce travel times between Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • Constructing a passing siding second track 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, PE

  • 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.