This project is part of a series of improvements to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety to the North Carolina Railroad between Raleigh and Charlotte. The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to build a new bridge carrying McLeansville Road over the North Carolina Railroad tracks in the unincorporated town of McLeansville. The project will also close the railroad crossing at Carmon Road and the private Bullard and Black railroad crossing.
News and Updates
Project Overview and Purpose
- This section of the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) currently hosts between five and twelve Norfolk Southern Railroad freight trains and six Amtrak trains per day.
- Freight train volumes are expected to double over the next 20 years.
- Two additional Amtrak round trips will be added after 2017, with the potential of up to eighteen total passenger train trips per day by 2035.
- Three roads cross over a mainline track and a siding track. Trains can be parked in the siding for over an hour waiting for other trains to pass. The waiting train may block all three crossings while waiting on other trains to pass.
- This section of the railroad is a part of the federally designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) connecting the northeast and the southeast. These improvements will allow long-term implementation of the corridor.
- Replace the at-grade rail crossing at McLeansville Road with a bridge carrying McLeansville Road over the NCRR, approximately 120 feet to the west of the existing crossing. This will increase safety by eliminating train-vehicle conflicts and reducing train horn noise.
- Close two other at-grade rail crossings: the public crossing at Carmon Road to the east and the private Bullard and Black crossing located between the McLeansville Road and Carmon Road railroad crossings. This will also increase safety and reduce train horn noise.
- As a consequence of constructing a grade separation at McLeansville Road, realign Bethel Church Road to reconnect to McLeansville Road approximately 350 feet south due to grade and sight distance considerations. In addition, construct a short extension of Hines Andrews Road to reconnect to the realigned Bethel Church Road. The north end of existing Bethel Church Road will be a cul-de-sac.
- Create new service road access from Hines Andrews Road to the two residences that are currently accessed from Frieden Church Road via the Bullard and Black private railroad crossing.
Ryan White, P.E.
Project Development Engineer
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (919) 707-4717
- Address: 1553 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh NC 27699
Mike Mills, P.E.
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: (336) 334-3192
- Address: 1584 Yanceyville Street,
Greensboro, NC 27415-4996
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.