The N.C. Department of Transportation built a bridge in Charlotte that carries Sugar Creek Road over the North Carolina Railroad tracks – part of the main rail line from Raleigh to Charlotte.
The project – which also involved improvements to area roadways – eliminates the risk of train-vehicle collisions, improves safety for both vehicle and rail passengers and reduces traffic delays in the area.
Additionally, the project improves railroad capacity and efficiency along the corridor.
With more than 40 Norfolk Southern freight trains and 10 Amtrak trains traveling daily between Raleigh and Charlotte, this corridor is among one of the busiest in the state. Freight train volume is expected to double over the next 20 years and up to 20 total passenger train trips are expected by 2035.