Project Overview and Purpose
Work is complete on a highway bridge to carry Caldwell Road over the North Carolina Railroad tracks in Cabarrus County. The bridge removed the risk of automobile/train collisions, improved safety for automobile and rail passengers and lessened vehicle and train congestion. The bridge also eliminated 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 –which started in July 2013 and was completed June 2016 – involved replacing the street-level railroad crossing at Caldwell Road with a bridge carrying Caldwell Road over the tracks.
It also included roadway improvements to Caldwell Road and Harrisburg Park Industrial Drive.
E. Nat Hunter, P.E.
Super Resident Engineer
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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.