Morrisville Parkway Closure Begins Monday for Railroad Crossing Replacement Project Wednesday, July 23, 2014

RALEIGH — Work on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace a railroad crossing on Morrisville Parkway will require the closure of a section of the Parkway from Monday, July 28 through Sunday, August 3. The closure will be in place between Crabtree Crossing Parkway and Bristol Creek Drive, a 2/10ths of a mile stretch that includes the railroad crossing. The crossing will be replaced with a bridge to carry rail traffic over the road at that location.

The closure is needed so an on-site detour can be built on the north side of Morrisville Parkway for use when the bridge construction is underway, and to allow for a waterline installation. 

Access to local businesses on that stretch of road will be maintained by the contractor. A detour route will be in place for other motorists, using Northwest Cary Parkway, High House Road and Davis Drive. Signs are already up alerting drivers of the planned closure. 

The $13.6 million project to install the bridge will reduce the risk of automobile-train collisions at the site, as well as relieve vehicle and train congestion, while increasing rail capacity and efficiency. Removing the railroad crossing is part of NCDOT’s Sealed Corridor Program in partnership with CSXT and Norfolk Southern. The goal of the program is to “seal” the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte by eliminating or improving rail-highway street level crossings. The project is also part of the Piedmont Improvement Program to modernize railroad track, roads and bridges along the corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte. 

In addition to the bridge, the project also includes about 1 1/2 miles of railroad construction between Morrisville Carpenter Road and Cary Parkway. That will include the realignment of railroad curves that should improve track speeds and reduce travel times between Raleigh and Charlotte. There will also be minor roadway improvements along Morrisville Carpenter Road at Town Hall Drive, Davis Drive at Morrisville Parkway, and N.C. 54 at Weston Parkway. 

The new bridge is scheduled to open by mid-November of 2016. Additional vegetation work should wrap up by May 15, 2017.

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