This project is among improvements to the North Carolina Railroad between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety. The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to construct a new railroad bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad tracks over Morrisville Parkway in the Town of Morrisville.
News and Updates
- A Design Public Hearing was held on September 20, 2012.
Project Overview and Purpose
- This section of the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) currently hosts eight Norfolk Southern Railway freight trains and six Amtrak trains per day. This is part of the busiest railroad corridor in North Carolina.
- Freight train volumes are expected to double over the next 20 years.
- Two additional Amtrak round trips will be added after 2017 and potentially a total of 20 total passenger train trips by 2035.
- Building a new Railroad bridge to replace the existing at-grade railroad crossing will reduce the risk of vehicle/train collisions, improve safety for vehicles and rail passengers, and reduce traffic congestion in the area. Removing the railroad crossing will also eliminate train horn noise. This section of the railroad is a part of the federally-designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor (SEHSR) connecting the northeast and the southeast. These improvements will allow long-term implementation of the corridor.
- Replace the at-grade railroad crossing at Morrisville Parkway with a bridge carrying the NCRR tracks over Morrisville Parkway. This will increase safety by eliminating train-vehicle conflicts.
- Eliminate train horn noise.
- Realign approximately 1.57 miles of existing track to provide the potential for increased train speeds.
- Install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Morrisville Parkway and Crabtree Crossing Parkway.
James Bridges, PE, CPM
Project Development Engineer
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: 919-707-4716
- Address: 1553 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699
Wally Bowman, PE
- Email: Contact Us
- Phone: 919-220-4600
- Address: 2612 N. Duke Street, Durham, NC 27704
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.