Project Overview and Purpose
Work by the N.C. Department of Transportation involved building a highway bridge carrying a new extension of Roberta Road (Harrisburg Veterans Road) over the North Carolina Railroad tracks in Harrisburg to reduce the risk of vehicle-train collisions, improve safety and reduce traffic congestion.
The 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. It is also included in NCDOT's Sealed Corridor Program – a partnership with Norfolk Southern – which aims to "seal" the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating or improving street-level crossings.
Roberta Road is part of the railroad corridor from Harrisburg to Charlotte – one of the busiest sections of railroad in North Carolina – and is one of four Piedmont Improvement Program projects completed in Harrisburg to improve safety and mobility. Together, these projects have allowed for the closure of six street-level crossings in Harrisburg.
Work, which began in May 2013 and was completed in August 2016, involved extending Roberta Road from N.C. 49 to Stallings Road with a bridge that carries it over the tracks.
Work also involved:
- Closing the railroad crossings at Hickory Ridge and Robinson Church roads
- Providing roadway improvements to Stallings Road, School Circle, N.C. 49 and Hickory Ridge Road
- Realigning approximately 3,000 feet of the railroad tracks to the north
- Installing a new traffic signal at Harrisburg Veterans and Stallings roads
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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.