Project Fast Facts
  • County: Rowan
  • Type of Project:
    Double Track, Road Extension
  • STIP Number: P-5206BCD
  • Estimated Construction Cost:
    $64 million
  • Start Date:
    February 2014
  • Completion Date:
    Spring 2017
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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.

Project Highlights

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

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Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Construction contract awarded November 2013
Construction begins February 2014
Kimball Road Extension opens to traffic October 2016
Construction complete Spring 2017

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Kelly Seitz, P.E.
Resident Engineer
(704) 630-3220
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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.