Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division recently made crossing safety improvements at an intersection north of Lillington.
NCDOT installed crossing signals and gates at the intersection of Harnett Central Road and Norfolk Southern Corp. railroad tracks. Paid for with funds from the state, this project totaled $270,587. Maintenance funding for the project will be divided equally between the railroad and the state. Four freight trains a day travel through the railroad crossing at a maximum of 25 miles per hour.
These projects are a part of a comprehensive statewide NCDOT program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public railroad crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,600 of the 3,800 public at-grade crossings across the state.