Raleigh - Work on the McLeansville Road railroad crossing project in Guilford County will require the closure of Friedens Church Road, starting at 9 A.M. on Thursday, July 21. The closure is expected to last about 10 days, and is needed to allow crews to safely do asphalt work at the road's intersection with McLeansville Road.
This portion of the railroad crossing project is in preparation to shift traffic to the new alignment of the McLeansville Road railroad overpass. A second closure will be needed to complete the traffic shift.
Over the 10 days, a detour will allow drivers to use McLeansville Road to access both ends of Friedens Church Road.
The $7 million railroad crossing project will raise McLeansville Road onto a new bridge that will carry traffic over the Norfolk Southern/North Carolina Railroad tracks. It is part of the Department of Transportation's Piedmont Improvement Program (PIP), a series of rail and highway initiatives taking place along the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor. Its goal is to increase the number of road/railroad grade separations, which eliminate street-level railroad crossings. That in turn increases safety as it greatly reduces the chance of collisions between trains, cars and people.
Enhancing rail safety and improving freight rail service are key aspects of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to make freight and passenger train travel more efficient, reliable and economically beneficial.
The project is aimed at solving an issue where three roads crossed over the mainline track and siding track, and trains often to wait in the siding for more than an hour for other trains to pass. At times, the waiting train blocked all three railroad crossings.
Motorists in the work zone area are urged to pay attention to road conditions and construction/detour signs, and slow down. Drivers should also plan for extra time to travel through the area.
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