CHARLOTTE – N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will be working on another phase of the Sugar Creek Grade Separation project next week, which includes permanently closing the railroad crossing at Craighead Road and North Davidson Street.
On Monday, June 10, crews will close Craighead Road at Philemon Avenue. The permanent closure will convert this section of road to a cul-de-sac. This safety improvement will eliminate the risk of vehicle-train crashes.
In addition, North Davidson Street will temporarily close at Anderson Street to the south, and at Donatello Avenue to the north to realign the road. Traffic coming from Anderson Street will be directed right during this time, and access to the Crown Station development will remain available.
On the south side of the closure, some on-street parking will be unavailable during construction. When this section opens in September, those parking spaces will be restored along with additional parallel parking spots.
During this closure, traffic will be detoured along 36th Street, The Plaza and Sugar Creek Road.
This rail corridor is one of the busiest in North Carolina, with more than eight Amtrak trains and 30 Norfolk Southern trains passing through daily. Freight volume is expected to double in the next 20 years, and passenger train trips will increase to 20 per day by 2035.
This project will improve safety for both vehicle and rail passengers by eliminating the risk of train-vehicle crashes, reducing travel delays, and improving railroad capacity and efficiency in the corridor. The $43 million project is funded by NCDOT, the city of Charlotte, the North Carolina Railroad Company, Norfolk Southern and the Federal Railroad Administration.
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