Project Fast Facts
  • County: Mecklenburg
  • Type of Project:
    Grade Separation and Highway Improvements
  • STIP Number: P-5208H
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $14 million
  • Start Date:
    Spring 2014
  • Completion Date:
    Fall 2016
Grier Road Grade Separation Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation has built a highway bridge over the North Carolina Railroad tracks at Grier Road in Charlotte that eliminated the street-level rail crossing at Newell-Hickory Grove Road, thereby improving safety by removing the risk of automobile-train collisions and also reducing automobile and train traffic congestion.

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.

The Grier Road grade separation is located on the railroad corridor between Harrisburg and Charlotte – one of the busiest sections of railroad in North Carolina.

Project Highlights

Work, which began in spring 2014, involves building a bridge to extend Grier Road over the railroad tracks.

Work also involves:

  • Closing the street level-crossing at Newell-Hickory Grove Road with the North Carolina Railroad tracks
  • Providing roadway improvements to Old Concord Road, which includes raising Old Concord Road to meet the new intersection at Grier Road
  • Roadway improvements to Orr Road, Grierview Lane, Branch Hill Circle, Lauren Village Drive and Farmfield Lane.
  • Railroad roadbed improvements for construction of a second track and lowering of the railroad to accommodate the new bridge.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Grading and bridge contract awarded June 2013
Construction begins Spring 2014
Bridge opened to traffic August 2016
Construction completed Fall 2016

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

E. Nat Hunter, PE
Super Resident Engineer
(704) 845-1151
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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.