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Project Fast Facts
  • County: Wake
  • Type of Project: Grade Separation and Railroad Improvements
  • STIP Number: P-5201
  • Cost: $18 million
  • Project Team: Fred Smith Company; Southworks (Railroad Contractor)
  • Start Date:April 2014
  • Completion Date: November 2016
Morrisville Parkway Grade Separation

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation built a railroad bridge carrying the North Carolina Railroad tracks over the Morrisville Parkway in Morrisville.

The bridge eliminates the risk of automobile-train collisions, improves safety for vehicle and rail passengers and reduces automobile and train traffic congestion.

The project is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program to modernize railroad track, roads and bridges along the railroad corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte

It is also included in the Sealed Corridor Program, in partnership with CSXT and Norfolk Southern, which is aimed at "sealing" the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating or improving railroad crossings at street levels.

Project Highlights

In addition to replacing the railroad crossing with a new railroad bridge over Morrisville Parkway, work involved realigning curves from Cary Parkway to Crabtree Creek to facilitate the bridge construction and to improve travel times from Raleigh and Charlotte.

The two outside lanes of Morrisville Parkway opened to drivers on Aug. 28, 2016. Work on project was completed in November 2016.

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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.