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Media Availability For The Double Track Project and Kimball Road Extension Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Rowan County

what: Media Availability For The Double Track Project and Kimball Road Extension Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Rowan County
when: Friday, Oct. 28, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
where: New Kimball Road Extension and Chapel Street intersection in China Grove/Landis
details: Transportation officials will host media availability on Friday, Oct. 28, to celebrate the completion of the Kimball Road Extension. Comments will be made starting promptly at 9:30 a.m. Deputy Secretary Keith Weatherly, Rail Director Paul Worley and representatives from NCDOT's Division Nine office will be on hand for comments and questions. Kimball Road extension from Main Street to Chapel Street is the first step in construction of a new direct link from Cannon Boulevard (U.S. 29) to Main Street and west to NC 152 in between the towns of Landis and China Grove. This includes a new railroad bridge to carry the North Carolina Railroad corridor over the new roadway. The new bridge replaces three at-grade crossings and significantly improves safety by redirecting traffic to the new bridge. The project is the culmination of a process to improve crossing safety in the towns of Landis and China Grove that began with the 1997 Traffic Separation Studies in partnership between NCDOT and the communities. This new section of the proposed roadway extension is a component of the NCDOT Piedmont Improvement Program funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) The grade separation is a component of the 10-mile Salisbury to Kannapolis double track project, which is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2017. The North Carolina Railroad Company contributed additional right of way needed to construct the realigned railroad tracks, and Norfolk Southern is also contributing a portion of the funds to construct the new railroad bridge over the roadway. Construction of this segment required constructing a new two track railroad bridge to the east of the old North Carolina Railroad main line, placing the new tracks on this bridge, and completing approximately 1,200 feet of new roadway. Construction of the remaining 0.6-mile section of Kimball Road between Chapel Street and Cannon Boulevard (U.S. 29) is funded under the NCDOT Strategic Transportation Investment program and is scheduled to begin construction in mid-2018. For more media questions contact Division 7 & 9 Communications Officer Miracle King at (336) 487-0157 or miracleking@ncdot.gov.

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2/19/2018 7:47 AM