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Project Fast Facts
  • County: Rowan
  • Type of Project: Rail and Roadway Improvements
  • STIP Number: P-5206
  • Estimated Cost: $106 Million
  • Property Acquisition Start: Spring 2012
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This project is part of the NCDOT Piedmont Improvement Program, 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 construct 11 miles of second railroad track on the North Carolina Railroad from south of Henderson Grove Church Road (SR 1526) in Salisbury to south of 18th Street in Kannapolis 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

Public Meeting

NCDOT will hold an informal, open-house-style Design Public Hearing on Monday, December 5, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kannapolis Train Station (Amtrak/Meeting Room), located at 201 South Main Street in Kannapolis.

The purpose of this informal meeting is to provide an opportunity for the public to offer comments on the proposed project and information presented in the Environmental Assessment report. Project Team members will be available to receive comments and discuss questions, right-of-way impacts and relocation policies. The opportunity to submit written comments and/or questions will also be provided and is encouraged. Interested citizens may attend at any time from 6-8 p.m. There will not be a formal presentation.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Eileen Fuchs of NCDOT-Human Environment at (919) 707-6067 or Contact Us as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

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.

Project Highlights

  • Construct 11 miles of second track from south of Henderson Grove Church Road in Salisbury to south of 18th Street in Kannapolis.
  • Construct a new bridge over the railroad and US 29 at Peeler Road (SR 2538) and Cedar Springs Road (SR 1560) to replace the Peach Orchard Road (SR 2539) and Peeler Road railroad crossings.
  • Upgrade the Webb Road (SR 1500) railroad crossing with improved signals, crossing gates, and median barriers to prevent drivers from going around the crossing gates and to improve safety. Close the existing Mount Hope Church Road (SR 1505) railroad crossing.
  • Upgrade the Church Street (NC 152) and Centerview Street railroad crossings in China Grove with new signals, crossing gates, and median barriers to improve safety and prevent drivers from going around the crossing gates.
  • Extend Kimball Road (SR 1211) east from N. Main Street (SR 2739) to Chapel Street (SR 1242). Construct a new bridge carrying the railroad tracks over the Kimball Road extension to replace the Thom Street (SR 1232), Eudy Road (SR 1220), and N. Central Avenue railroad crossings.
  • Improve the Ryder Avenue (SR 1210) railroad crossing with new signals, crossing gates, and median barriers to improve safety and to prevent drivers from going around the crossing gates. Improve intersections at Ryder Avenue and Main Street, and Ryder Avenue and Chapel Street. Close the adjacent Mill Street railroad crossing.
  • Construct a new road connection from US 29 (Cannon Boulevard) to N. Main Street at 24th Street with a new bridge over the railroad to replace the existing railroad crossings at 29th Street, 22nd Street (SR 1254), and 18th Street.

Contact Information

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.