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NCDOT to Hold Public Hearings Dec. 12-13 for Proposed Rail Improvements in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division will hold two informal design public hearings on Monday, Dec. 12, and Tuesday, Dec. 13, regarding proposed track and rail crossing improvements between south of Concord and Charlotte.  The 12-mile stretch of second track is a part of the railway Raleigh to Charlotte Piedmont Improvement Program and is proposed along the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) and Norfolk Southern (NS) railway.

The first meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at Hickory Ridge High School (Commons area) located at 7321 Ragin' Road in Harrisburg.  The Tuesday, Dec. 13, meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Charlotte Friends Meetinghouse (Meeting Room) located at 570 West Rocky River Road in Charlotte.  

Both sessions will be informal, open-house public meetings and will provide the same project information. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments about the proposed project. The opportunity to submit written comments and/or questions will also be provided and is encouraged. Interested citizens may attend at any time. There will not be a formal presentation.

The proposed project would include the construction of an additional track adjacent to the existing railroad track along the NCRR/NS from south of N.C. 49 near Concord to Orr Road in northeast Charlotte. As part of the project, new bridges also are proposed to separate automobile and train traffic.

The environmental assessment document (EA) prepared for this project and a copy of the maps are available for public viewing at the following locations:

  • NCDOT District 2 Engineer's Office, 7605 District Drive in Charlotte; and
  • Harrisburg Town Hall, 4100 Main Street, Suite 101.

For more information, contact Eileen Fuchs of NCDOT-Human Environment at (919) 707-6067 or via email at:

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 Fuchs as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.


2/13/2018 4:26 PM