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Project Fast Facts
  • County: Cabarrus
  • Type of Project: Grade Separation and Highway Improvements
  • STIP Number: P-5208B
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $5.9 million
  • Start of Construction:
    September 2013
  • Completion of Construction:
    Fall 2015
Pharr Mill Road Grade Separation Logo


This project involves constructing a new highway bridge carrying Pharr Mill Road over the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) tracks in Cabarrus County in order to reduce the risk of automobile/train collisions, improve safety for automobile and rail passengers, and reduce automobile and train traffic congestion.

This project is part of a series of improvements to the NCRR corridor between Harrisburg and Charlotte, one of the busiest sections of railroad in North Carolina. This project is among improvements to the NCRR corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency, and safety.

News and Updates

  • The project is complete and the roadway and new bridge are in service.

Project Highlights

  • Replace the at-grade railroad crossing at Pharr Mill Road with a bridge carrying relocated Pharr Mill Road and Blackwelder Road over the NCRR tracks.
  • Close the railroad crossing at Shamrock Road with the NCRR tracks.
  • Provide an extension of Saddle Creek Court to N.C. 49 from an existing point on the south side of the NCRR tracks over a new crossing with the NCRR tracks.
  • Provide ramp access to/from Blackwelder and Pharr Mill Roads to N.C. 49.
  • Provide roadway improvements to Mulberry Road.
  • Provide alternate emergency access to the Saddle Creek Industrial Park via gate at existing Shamrock Road and Saddle Creek Court.
  • Eliminate train horn noise.

Contact Information

E. Nat Hunter, PE

  • Email: Contact Us
  • Phone: (704) 845-1151
  • Address: 12033 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105

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.