RALEIGH — Work is expected to begin on Monday, May 12, on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to
replace a railroad crossing on Morrisville Parkway with a bridge to carry rail
traffic over the road. This is one of a series of projects to improve at-grade
crossings along the rail corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.
A $13.6 million contract was awarded to Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh for
the work that will reduce the risk of automobile-train collisions at the site,
as well as relieve vehicle and train congestion, while increasing rail capacity
On Monday, westbound Morrisville Parkway will be placed into a
one-lane pattern for 3/10ths of a mile between Quail Fields Court and Crabtree
Crossing Parkway, with the outside lane closed so that waterline construction
can take place. Additional utility
relocation work will be done before the project itself fully gets under way.
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 at Town Hall Drive,
Davis Drive at Morrisville Parkway, and N.C. 54 at Weston Parkway.
Once the waterline relocation is completed, the roadway between Quail
Fields Court and Crabtree Crossing Parkway will be switched to a two-lane, two-way
road for about one year. Because this
area has several busy commuter routes, the contractor is not allowed to close
or narrow travel lanes for Morrisville Parkway, Davis Drive, Chapel Hill Road,
Weston Parkway, Town Hall Drive and Morrisville Carpenter Road on weekdays
between 6 and 9 a.m., and from 3 to 7 p.m.
There will be two exceptions when Morrisville Parkway will have to be
closed to all traffic. Early in the project, there will be a seven-day closure to
allow Norfolk Southern Railroad to set safety crossing arms into the two-lane
two-way pattern. The second closure will be for about six months.
The new bridge is scheduled to open by mid-November of 2016.
Additional vegetation work should wrap up by May 15, 2017.
The Morrisville Parkway Grade Separation project, removing the railroad crossing, is part of NCDOT’s
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.
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