Transportation Officials to Hold Southeast High Speed Rail Project Update Meeting for Henderson Thursday, September 6, 2012


RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Rail Division will present information to the public on revisions to proposed bridges and underpasses, rail crossing closures and other roadwork in Henderson on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Aycock Recreation Center, located at 307 Carey Chapel Road.  The revisions were  made by NCDOT and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, based on public comments received in summer 2010 on environmental issues, known as the Tier II Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  The information will focus on the area between Main Street and Nicholas Street along the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) corridor.


At the Sept. 11 Project Update Meeting, the public will be able to view maps of the preferred rail alternative and revised road work in Henderson, including modifications at these locations: Andrews Avenue, Nicholas Street, Belmont Drive, and a new roundabout at Beckford Drive, Garnett Street and Main Street. 


The Project Update Meeting will be open house style, and the public is invited to stop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  No formal presentations will be made.  


This year, both departments of transportation submitted the SEHSR Tier II Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Recommendation Report to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  The report identifies the two states’ recommendations to FRA for the preferred rail alternative for each of the 26 sections of the SEHSR corridor between Richmond, Va. and Raleigh. The preferred alternatives will be presented in the upcoming Tier II Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), expected to be published in early 2013.  That will be followed by a Record of Decision from FRA and a second round of public hearings.


Maps presenting the preferred alternative and revised roadwork for Henderson will be on the project website prior to the meeting. 


The SEHSR project would implement nearly 162 miles of higher performance rail as part of an overall plan to extend higher speed passenger rail service from the Boston, Ma. to Washington, DC southward through Virginia to Charlotte.






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