Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation's Rail Division recently made crossing safety improvements at an intersection in Belmont.
NCDOT installed railway-highway grade crossing signals and gates at the intersection of Parkdale Drive and the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks. Paid for with funds from both the Federal Highway Administration and the state, this project totaled $250,000. Maintenance funding for the projects will be divided equally between the state and Norfolk Southern Corp. Two freight trains a day travel through this railroad crossing at a maximum of 10 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.