RALEIGH Just in time for the 25th Annual Mayberry Days Festival, work was completed last week on a new railroad crossing at the intersection of Andy Griffith Parkway (U.S. 52) and Rockford Street in Mount Airy. The old crossing was identified as a safety hazard and was slated for resurfacing through NCDOT's Freight Rail & Rail Crossing Safety Improvement Fund.
The old crossing was deteriorating, and traffic turning north onto Rockford Street had to travel in line with the tracks for a brief period. The resurfacing project replaced the old crossing structure with a more durable concrete crossing and created a turning lane to prevent drivers from travelling down the tracks.
The collaborative project was the result of maximizing cooperation among the Yadkin Valley Railroad, NCDOT Highway Division 11 and NCDOT Rail Division. Each played an integral role ensuring the project was completed in an efficient and timely manner. Yadkin Valley Railroad provided the labor for the track work, the Rail Division provided approximately $260,000 in funding through FR&RCSI, and NCDOT Highway Division 11 handled traffic control, construction cost for the added turn lane, and municipality coordination for the project.
For more information on the FR&RCSI program, visit the NCDOT Rail Division projects page.