Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is building a highway bridge to carry Caldwell Road over the North Carolina Railroad tracks in Cabarrus County. The new bridge will remove the risk of automobile/train collisions, improve safety for automobile and rail passengers and lessen vehicle and train congestion. The bridge will also eliminate train horn noise at this location.
The Caldwell Road grade separation project is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program – a series of improvements to the North Carolina Railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte – to increase railroad capacity and to improve efficiency and safety. Caldwell Road is part of the railroad corridor between Harrisburg and Charlotte, one of the busiest sections of railroad in North Carolina.
Work involves replacing the at-grade railroad crossing at Caldwell Road with a bridge carrying Caldwell Road over the tracks.
It also includes roadway improvements to Caldwell Road and Harrisburg Park Industrial Drive.
While the bridge reopened to traffic in October 2015, the project will be finished in fall 2016 as some minor items remain to be completed.
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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.