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Project Overview and Purpose

Work is complete on a 4-mile project to add a second main track along the North Carolina Railroad corridor between Thomasville and Lexington.

The double track allows trains to pass more frequently, which reduces congestion, increases capacity and reliability and decreases travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte. Completion of this segment of double track, and two other segments currently under construction – Salisbury to Kannapolis and Harrisburg to Charlotte, will create 92 miles of contiguous double track between Greensboro and Charlotte.

This project – along with the previously completed Upper Lake Road grade separation and Turner Road grade separation – comprise the rail safety and capacity improvements to the rail corridor between Thomasville and Lexington.

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

Project Highlights

The construction work – which started in August 2013 and was completed in October 2016 – added a 4-mile second main track and built new railroad bridges over Hamby Creek tributary and Abbotts Creek and improved a railroad bridge over Rich Fork Creek.

The work also included a series of high-speed switches that allow trains to travel from one track to the other in each direction.

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Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Contract awarded July 2013
Construction begins August 2013
Construction complete October 2016

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Dale L. Swicegood, P.E.
Resident Engineer
(336) 249-6255
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Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.