WINSTON-SALEM - The N.C. Department of Transportation recently finalized plans to close one railroad crossing and relocate another in King. The NCDOT Rail Division, working with the City of King and the Stokes County Board of Education, decided to close the railroad crossing at King Elementary School and relocate the existing crossing at the intersection of Goff Road and Old U.S. 52. The new crossing will be installed at the intersection of Fulk Street and Dalton Road.
In April 2014, Stokes County BOE requested that NCDOT relocate the Goff Road crossing due to safety concerns. Students from nearby West Stokes High School have been involved in several accidents and near-misses at the crossing. In the summer of 2014, NCDOT performed clearing and grading in the median between Old U.S. 52 and Dalton Road to improve visibility until the Goff Road crossing can be relocated.
Beginning in August 2014, NCDOT and the City of King conducted stakeholder meetings to outline the planning and construction process for the crossing changes and solicit public feedback. NCDOT also explained that relocating the rail crossing would require closing an additional crossing and presented three options. With support from the public and the Stokes County BOE, the City of King chose to close the King Elementary School rail crossing.
On Oct. 8, 2015, NCDOT approved the proposed closure and relocation of the Goff Road crossing, as well as the closure of the King Elementary School crossing. Construction at all three sites is slated for summer 2016, pending design and environmental impact study approval.