- A portion of N.C. 115 in Cornelius will close temporarily on Tuesday, June 14, while Norfolk Southern, in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Transportation, makes repairs to a rail spur.
Crews will complete the work in one day between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in an effort to avoid impacting morning and evening commuters. On the south end of the road closure, crews will block N.C. 115 just north of Bailey Road to allow access to the main entrance of FXI Foam plant. On the north end, the road will be closed just south of Meadow Crossing Lane.
Temporarily closing the entire road (N.C. 115) at this location, as opposed to installing alternating lane closures, will result in a better product once the repairs are completed. Additionally, doing the work using lane closures would double the time necessary to make the repairs.
The detour for through traffic will direct motorists from N.C. 115 to Catawba Avenue, then from U.S. 21/Statesville Road to N.C. 73/Sam Furr Road and back to N.C. 115. Local traffic will still have access to both Bailey Road and Washam Potts Road.
During the repairs, Norfolk Southern will remove the old track, lay new track, and then pave between the rails and 10 feet out from each side of the track. NCDOT maintenance crews will then come in with a contractor to resume the paving operations where the railroad's work ended. Finally, NCDOT crews will repave the road out to at least Norfolk Southern's right of way, which will address the road's subgrade issues at this location.
Should inclement weather occur the day of the closure, the work will be rescheduled for the next dry day.
For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.