Project Fast Facts
  • County: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus
  • Type of Project:
    Railroad Improvement (Double Track)
  • STIP Number: P-5208ACG/I
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $74 million
  • Start of Construction:
    November 2013
  • Completion of Construction:
    Spring 2017
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Town of Harrisburg Website

Harrisburg to Charlotte Railroad Improvements Logo

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is building approximately 12 miles of a second track and straightening curves along the North Carolina Railroad corridor from Harrisburg to Charlotte.

The double track allows trains to pass more frequently, which reduces congestion, increases capacity of the railroad to handle more trains, improves schedule 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 Thomasville to Lexington – will create 92 miles of contiguous double track between Greensboro and Charlotte.

The project is also included in NCDOT's Sealed Corridor Program – which aims to "seal" the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating or improving street-level crossings and enhance safety by separating train and vehicle traffic.

The double track is part of the railroad corridor from Harrisburg to Charlotte – one of the busiest sections of railroad in North Carolina – and is one of four Piedmont Improvement Program projects completed in Harrisburg to improve safety and mobility. Together, these projects have allowed for the closure of six street-level crossings in Harrisburg.

Project Highlights

Work – which started November 2013 – includes building a two-track railroad bridge over the future extension of Mallard Creek Church Road in Charlotte.

The project also includes:

  • Upgrading the railroad crossings at Back Creek Church, McLean and Orr roads in Charlotte
  • Building a new double track railroad bridge over Coddle Creek in Harrisburg
  • Rebuilding the railroad bridge over Rocky River in Harrisburg to accommodate the second mainline track

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Grading and bridge contract August 2013
Construction begins November 2013
Construction complete Spring 2017

*Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Nat Hunter, P.E.
(704) 845-1151
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