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Selma Railroad Crossing May Permanently Close

SELMA – The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a proposal to permanently close East Preston Street to vehicular traffic at its railroad crossing in this Johnston County town.

The NCDOT’s Rail Division will hold an open house about the proposed change from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 28 in Selma Town Hall’s Council Chambers on 110 E. Anderson St.

The town of Selma and the Bailey Feed Mill have asked the Rail Division to consider closing this crossing. The mill has expanded in recent years, increasing rail and commercial truck traffic to this site. Closing the road would address traffic and safety concerns at this busy crossing.

As part of the proposal, NCDOT would close the road and install guardrail on either side of the CSX railroad, as well as create a dead end and new turnaround area to the south of the tracks. The safety improvements would be constructed in 2025. For more information, visit NCDOT’s public input page.

The public comment deadline is March 13. People with questions or comments about this project should contact NCDOT Rail Division Project Engineer Conzuela Cogdell at 919-707-4123;; or 1556 Mail Service Center in Raleigh.

Alternatively, people may contact the project team via email at; or by calling 601-300-5186 and entering project code 5251 to leave a voice mail.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled individuals who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Simone Robinson at or 919-707-6062 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

People who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.


2/21/2023 8:54 AM