Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation eliminated three street-level railroad crossings by building a highway bridge to carry McLeansville Road over the North Carolina Railroad tracks in McLeansville.
The bridge removed the risk of automobile and train collisions, improved safety for motorists and rail passengers and reduced automobile and train traffic congestion.
The project area had three roads that crossed over the mainline track and siding track – a low-speed track adjacent to the mainline that allows a train to pass another. Trains 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.
Construction, which began in November 2014, involved replacing the railroad crossing at McLeansville Road with a bridge over the tracks. The bridge opened to traffic in August 2016.
Remaining work on the project is expected to be complete in February 2017.
Work also involved:
- 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
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Paul Ingram, P.E.
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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.