Project Fast Facts
  • County: Durham-Wake
  • Type of Project: Railroad Improvement (Passing Siding) and Grade Separation
  • STIP Number: U-4716ABC
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $22.7 million
  • Start of Construction:
    January 2013
  • Completion of Construction:
    December 2015
Durham/Morrisville Railroad Improvements and Grade Separation Logo


This project will involve reconstructing existing tracks, realigning curves, adding a second set of tracks and constructing a new railroad bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) tracks over Hopson Road in Wake County.

The improvements will help increase train speeds and reduce travel times for passenger service. The addition of a second track will allow passenger trains to pass slower freight trains, improving service reliability. The new bridge 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.

This project is among improvements to the NCRR corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety.

News and Updates

  • This project was advertised and bid with contract awarded in December 2012.
  • Project is currently under construction.
  • Proposed project completion date is December 2015.

News Releases

  • Currently, no recent news releases.

Project Highlights

  • Construct a bridge carrying NCRR tracks over Hopson Road.
  • Realign curves to improve track speeds and reduce travel times between Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • Construct 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.