Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation is building approximately 11 miles of a second track along the North Carolina Railroad corridor between Salisbury and Kannapolis. This project, along with two other double track projects – Thomasville to Lexington and Harrisburg to Charlotte – will create 92 miles of contiguous double track between Greensboro and Charlotte.
A second track allows trains to pass more frequently, which reduces congestion, increases capacity and reliability and decreases travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte.
Work also involves extending Kimball Road in Landis and China Grove, and building a bridge carrying the railroad tracks over Kimball Road.
This project – along with the Klumac Road grade separation and the Peeler Road grade separation – are part of the improvements to the rail corridor between Salisbury and Kannapolis. This project is included in the Piedmont Improvement Program – a series of improvements between Raleigh and Charlotte to increase railroad capacity, efficiency and safety.
The quarter-mile extension of Kimball Road from Main Street to Chapel Street opened to traffic Oct. 31, 2016.
The work includes two locations with high-speed switches to allow trains to travel from one track to the other in each direction.
Work, which will be completed in spring 2017, also involves upgrading some railroad crossings and permanently closing others.
The following railroad crossings will be permanently closed:
Mount Hope Church Road in China Grove
East Thom Street in China Grove
Eudy Road in China Grove
North Central Avenue in Landis
East Mill Street in Landis
East 29th Street in Kannapolis
Improvements are being made to the following railroad crossings, including improved warning lights, gates, crossing surfaces, and medians:
Webb Road in Salisbury
East Church Street in China Grove
East Centerview Street in China Grove
East Ryder Avenue in Landis
East 22nd Street in Kannapolis
East 18th Street in Kannapolis
Project News Releases
- Currently, no recent news releases.
|Construction contract awarded
|Kimball Road Extension opens to traffic
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
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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.