Raleigh - Contractors with the N.C. Department of transportation will permanently close the intersection of Church Street and N.C. 54 in Durham at 6 a.m. on June 8. This is to remove the at-grade crossing at this location and is one of the safety features of the Hopson Road grade seperation.
This project is designed to improve train and vehicular safety along the Raleigh to Charlotte Corridor. It will eliminate railroad crossings at Church Street and Hopson Road. Church Street is being realigned with the closure of the railroad crossing. In addition, Keystone Park Drive will be extended from Park Knoll Drive to Hopson, creating an alternate route to NC 54.
A triple fatality in 1992 at the Hopson Road Crossing prompted NCDOT to establish its Sealed Corridor Program in partnership with CSXT and Norfolk Southern. Its purpose is to "seal" the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating or improving rail-highway street level crossings.
This closure is a critical part of NCDOT's Piedmont Improvement Program, a series of railroad and highway enhancements aimed to improve safety, spur job growth and improve connectivity between Raleigh and Charlotte, as well the communities in between.
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Durham/Morrisville Railroad Improvements and Grade Separation