Project Fast Facts
  • County: Durham, Wake
  • Type of Project: Passing Siding, Grade Separation
  • STIP Number: U-4716ABC
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $24.7 million
  • Start Date:
    January 2013
  • Completion Date:
    September 2016
Durham/Morrisville Railroad Improvements and Grade Separation Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

Work is complete on a railroad bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad tracks over Hopson Road as well as a passing siding track in Durham and Morrisville.

The addition of a passing siding track allows passenger trains to pass slower freight trains, improving service reliability.

The bridge over Hopson Road eliminates the risk of vehicle/train collisions, improves safety for vehicle and rail passengers and reduces vehicle and train traffic congestion.

Work also helps increase train speeds and reduce travel times for passenger service.

This project is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, a series of improvements to the railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency and safety.

Project Highlights

Work – which began January 2013 and was completed in 2016 – included building a 3.3-mile passing siding track between I-40 and McCrimmon Parkway as well as realigned curves to improve operating speeds.

Street-level rail crossings at Hopson Road and Church Street in Morrisville were removed and Church Street was extended to connect to Hopson Road.

Project Timeline

Milestone Date*
Construction contract awarded December 2012
Construction begins January 2013
Construction complete September 2016

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.