RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division has made crossing safety improvements at an intersection in Asheville.
NCDOT revised crossing signals and installed gates at the intersection of Lyman Street and the Norfolk Southern Railroad (NS) tracks. This $445,469 improvement project was paid for with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent Norfolk Southern funds. Maintenance funding for the project will be divided equally between the city of Asheville and NS.
Fourteen freight trains a day travel through the railroad crossing at a maximum of 20 miles per hour. This project is a part of a comprehensive statewide NCDOT program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public railroad crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,400 of the 4,100 public at-grade crossings across the state.