Project Fast Facts
  • County: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus
  • Type of Project:
    Railroad Improvement (Double Track)
  • STIP Number: P-5208ACG
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    63.9 million
  • Start of Construction:
    November 2013
  • Completion of Construction:
    May 2017
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This project involves constructing approximately 12 miles of second track and realigning curves along the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) corridor in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties. These improvements will allow trains to pass more frequently, reducing congestion, increasing capacity and reliability and decreasing travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte. The project also involves upgrading existing crossings and constructing and improving bridges along this corridor.

This project is one of three that in total will add approximately 25 miles of new second track along the main line, providing an uninterrupted double track spanning 92 miles between Greensboro and Charlotte. 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

  • This project was advertised and bid with contract awarded in August 2013.
  • Currently under construction.
  • Proposed project completion date is May 2017.

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Project Highlights

  • Construct a second track to allow trains to pass more frequently, reducing congestion, increasing capacity and reliability, and decreasing travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • Re-align existing curves to increase train travel speeds and decreasing travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte.
  • Construct a new two-track railroad bridge over the future extension of Mallard Creek Church Road.
  • Upgrade the railroad crossings at Back Creek Church Road, McClean Road, and Orr Road.
  • Build a new railroad bridge over Coddle Creek for the realigned railroad and retain the existing railroad bridge for an industrial siding.
  • Reconstruct the railroad bridge over Rocky River to accommodate the second mainline track.

Contact Information

Jeffrey C. D’Arruda

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (704) 847-5506
  • Address: 12033 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105

Resources for Local Property Owners

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