Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is eliminating three street-level railroad crossings by building a highway bridge to carry McLeansville Road over the North Carolina Railroad tracks in McLeansville.
Work will remove the risk of automobile and train collisions, improve safety for motorists and rail passengers and reduce automobile and train traffic congestion.
The project area currently has three roads that cross over the mainline track and siding track – a low-speed track adjacent to the mainline that allows a train to pass another. Trains have had to wait in the siding for more than an hour for other trains to pass. At times, the waiting train blocked all three railroad crossings.
The McLeansville Road grade separation is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program and is among improvements to the North Carolina Railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency and safety.
Work, which began in November 2014, will replace the railroad crossing at McLeansville Road with a bridge over the tracks. The bridge opened in August 2016.
Work, which is expected to be complete in Spring 2017, also involves:
- Closing the railroad crossing at Carmon Road
- Closing the Bullard and Black private railroad crossing
- Realigning the intersection at Bethel Church and McLeansville roads, eliminating a sharp curve on Bethel Church Road
|Construction contract awarded
|Completion of construction
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Paul Ingram, P.E.
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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.