Project Fast Facts
  • County: Davidson
  • Type of Project: Railroad Improvements (Double Track)
  • STIP Number: C-4901A
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $35.7 million
  • Start of Construction:
    August 2013
  • Completion of Construction:
    Fall 2016
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Description

This project involves the construction of four miles of second track along the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) main line corridor in Davidson County. A second track will allow trains to pass more frequently, reducing congestion, increasing capacity and reliability, and decreasing travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte. This project is one of three that, in total, will add approximately 26 miles of new second track along the main line, providing an uninterrupted double track spanning 92 miles between Greensboro and Charlotte.

The project also involves constructing new railroad bridges over Hamby Creek tributary and Abbotts Creek and improving a railroad bridge over Rich Fork Creek.

This section of the NCRR is part of the busiest railroad corridor in North Carolina. This project is among improvements to the NCRR corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety.

News and Updates


  • Grading and bridge contract was awarded in July 2013.
  • Project is currently under construction.
  • Grading of the railroad roadbed is complete, with track construction underway.
  • Construction is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2016.

News Releases

  • Currently, no recent news releases.

Project Highlights

  • Adding a second track to allow trains to pass more frequently, reducing congestion, increasing capacity and reliability, and decreasing travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • Construct new railroad bridges over Hamby Creek tributary and Abbotts Creek.
  • Improve railroad bridge over Rich Fork Creek.

Contact Information

Dale L. Swicegood, PE

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (336) 249-6255
  • Address: 452 Central Avenue, Lexington, NC 27292

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.