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Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation has built a highway bridge over the North Carolina Railroad tracks at Grier Road in Charlotte that eliminated the street-level rail crossing at Newell-Hickory Grove Road, thereby improving safety by removing the risk of train-vehicle collisions and also reducing vehicle and train traffic congestion.

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.

The Grier Road grade separation is located on the railroad corridor between Harrisburg and Charlotte – one of the busiest sections of railroad in North Carolina.

Project Highlights

Work, which began in spring 2014, involves building a bridge to extend Grier Road over the railroad tracks. The bridge opened to traffic in July 2016, and remaining work on the project is expected to be complete by March 2017.

Other aspects of the project include:

  • Closing the street level-crossing at Newell-Hickory Grove Road with the North Carolina Railroad tracks
  • Providing roadway improvements to Old Concord Road, which includes raising Old Concord Road to meet the new intersection at Grier Road
  • Roadway improvements to Orr Road, Grierview Lane, Branch Hill Circle, Lauren Village Drive and Farmfield Lane
  • Railroad roadbed improvements for construction of a second track and lowering of the railroad to accommodate the new bridge

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Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Grading and bridge contract awarded June 2013
Construction begins Spring 2014
Bridge opened to traffic July 2016
Construction completed March 2017

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

E. Nat Hunter, PE
Super Resident Engineer
(704) 845-1151
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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.