Project Fast Facts
Durham/Morrisville Railroad Improvements and Grade Separation Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

Work is complete on a railroad bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad tracks over Hopson Road as well as a passing siding track in Durham and Morrisville.

The addition of a passing siding track allows passenger trains to pass slower freight trains, improving service reliability.

The bridge over Hopson Road eliminates the risk of vehicle/train collisions, improves safety for vehicle and rail passengers and reduces vehicle and train traffic congestion.

Work also helps increase train speeds and reduce travel times for passenger service.

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.

Project Highlights

Work – which began January 2013 and was completed in 2016 – included building a 3.3-mile passing siding track between I-40 and McCrimmon Parkway as well as realigned curves to improve operating speeds.

Street-level rail crossings at Hopson Road and Church Street in Morrisville were removed and Church Street was extended to connect to Hopson Road.

Project Timeline

Milestone Date*
Construction contract awarded December 2012
Construction begins January 2013
Construction complete September 2016

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

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.