This project is part of a series of improvements to the railroad between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety. The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to add a second railroad track from south of Concord (near Rocky River Road, SR 1139) to east of Uptown Charlotte (near Orr Road) to increase railroad track capacity and efficiency of railroad operations. Under this project, new bridges also will be constructed to separate automobile and train traffic, thus increasing safety along the corridor.
News and Updates
NCDOT conducted two informal, open-house-style Design Public Hearings at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg on December 12, 2011 and the Friends Meeting House in Charlotte on December 13, 2011. The purpose of the meetings was to provide an opportunity for the public to offer comments on the proposed project and the information presented in the Environmental Assessment.
The opportunity for public comments to be included in the final environmental report ends on January 13, 2012. Comments can be submitted via email by clicking the “contact us” link under the Contact Information section below.
Final Public Hearing Maps
Final Public Hearing Maps are available for viewing. Electronic copies of the Final Hearing Maps can be downloaded by clicking the “Design Public Hearing Maps” link to the above right. The Public Hearing Maps are also available for viewing at the following locations:
- NCDOT District 2 Engineer’s Office: 7605 District Drive, Charlotte
- Harrisburg Town Hall: 4100 Main Street, Suite 101, Harrisburg
Project Overview and Purpose
- This section of the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) currently hosts more than 30 Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains and eight passenger trains per day. This is part of the busiest rail corridor in North Carolina.
- Additional capacity created by constructing a second track will allow additional daily Raleigh to Charlotte passenger train round trips without hindering existing or future freight train volumes.
- The additional capacity also will allow passenger trains to pass slower freight trains and improve service reliability.
- Modification of existing railroad curves will allow higher passenger train speeds and reduce travel times for passenger trains.
- Building new bridges to replace existing street-level railroad crossings will reduce the risk of automobile/train collisions, improve safety for automobile and rail passengers, and reduce automobile and train traffic congestion. Removing railroad crossings also will reduce train horn noise.
- This section of the railroad is a part of the federally-designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) connecting the northeast with the southeast. These improvements will allow the long-term implementation of the corridor.
- Construct 12 miles of second track from north of Rocky River Road near Concord to south of Orr Road in Charlotte.
- Relocate Pharr Mill Road (SR 1158) from the existing street-level railroad crossing to a new bridge over the railroad and NC 49 connecting it with Blackwelder Road (SR 1307). Construct a new two-way ramp between Blackwelder Road and NC 49. Close the existing railroad crossing at Shamrock Road (SR 1160).
- Extend Roberta Road (SR 1304) from NC 49 south to Stallings Road (SR 1161) with a new bridge over the railroad to replace the existing railroad crossings at Hickory Ridge Road (SR 1138) and Robinson Church Road (SR 1166) in Harrisburg.
- Construct a bridge carrying Caldwell Road (SR 1173) over the railroad.
- Construct a new two-lane road connecting Caldwell Road to properties east of I-485 and south of the railroad. This new connection will provide alternate access to Millbrook Road (SR 1182) and three private driveways, allowing these existing railroad crossings to close.
Ryan White, P.E.
Project Development Engineer
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.