CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will permanently close theMillbrook Road railroad crossing in Harrisburg onMonday, July 13, at 8 a.m. as part of continued upgrades to the area's rail corridor.
Closing at-grade railroad crossings reduces the risk of train/vehicle collisions, improves safety for rail and vehicle passengers and reduces automobile and train congestion.Upgrades to the Charlotte to Harrisburg railroadinclude constructingapproximately12 miles of second track and realigning curves in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties. The track runs parallel to N.C. 49 and Old Concord Road.
Theimprovements will allow trains to pass more frequently, whichreducescongestion, increasescapacity and reliability and decreasestravel time between Raleigh and Charlotte. The project also involves upgrading existing crossings and constructing and improving bridges along this corridor.
The Millbrook Road crossing was originally scheduled to close to traffic in November 2014 as part of the Caldwell Park Drive extension project,completed last year. That projectextended Caldwell Park Drive west into Mecklenburg County to allow for the closure of two private railroad crossings (Duke Energy and CMUD access) and one public railroad crossing, Millbrook Road.
To help facilitate travel around other construction projects in the Harrisburg area, however,the permanent closing of theMillbrook Road crossing was delayed as long as construction allowed.Now, rail construction necessitates closing theMillbrook Road crossing permanently so crews can perform grading for ditches and new railroad trackbed.Once the crossing is closed, access to residencesand business south of the railroad on Millbrook Road will be via Caldwell Park Drive offCaldwell Road.
Construction on the rail corridor improvementproject started in August 2013 and is currently scheduled for completion in spring2017.