- As the work to improve the Harrisburg to Charlotte rail corridor progresses, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will permanently close the Newell-Hickory Grove Road railroad crossing on Monday, April 4. The closure of the crossing, combined with completion of the new Grier Road bridge, will help reduce the risk of vehicle-train collisions, improve safety for automobile and rail passengers and reduce automobile and train traffic congestion in this area.
The Grier Road bridge, which will carry traffic over the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) tracks, is scheduled for completion in May, a few weeks after the Newell-Hickory Grove Road crossing closes. Until the Grier Road bridge is completed, a signed detour will direct traffic to use Old Concord Road, W.T. Harris Boulevard and Grier Road.
NCDOT is closing the Newell-Hickory Grove crossing in advance of the bridge completion to allow construction on the double-track project to continue at this location. The double-track project involves constructing approximately 12 miles of second track and realigning curves along the NC RR corridor in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties. These improvements will allow trains to pass more frequently, reducing congestion, increasing capacity and reliability and decreasing travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte.
The Grier Road grade separation project and the double-track project are both part of the Piedmont Improvement Program(PIP). PIP projects will improve connectivity between Raleigh and Charlotte by modernizing the state's rail systems. PIP projects are funded in large part by federal stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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Grier Road Grade Separation
Harrisburg to Charlotte Railroad Improvements