Rail improvements start for Hopson Road and Church Street

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 06:51 PM

Work started Thursday on a state Department of Transportation project to improve train travel along the Charlotte-to-Raleigh rail corridor and to make Hopson Road and Church Street safer for motorists.

The project, estimated to cost $27 million, includes building a new bridge for train tracks over Hopson Road to replace the street-level crossing, realigning nearby Church Street to intersect with Hopson, building 3.3 miles of parallel track from south of Interstate 40 to north of McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville, and straightening railroad curves.

Completion is expected by December 2015.

“This project will make the highway and rail safer for our citizens and, at the same time, help bolster our economy through improved freight and passenger train service,” Tony Tata, the state’s transportation secretary, said in a news release. “It is the first of a number of similar projects between Raleigh and Charlotte that would not be possible without the support of the Federal Railroad Administration, the North Carolina Railroad Company and our freight partners, Norfolk Southern and CSXT.”