RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division has made crossing and safety improvements at two rail crossings near Norwood.
NCDOT installed crossing signals and gates at the intersection of Mt. Zion Road and Winston Salem Southbound Railroad (WSS) and at Cottonville Road and WSS Railroad tracks.
Ninety percent of the construction for the Mt. Zion Road crossing, valued at $272,723, was paid for by the federal government and 10 percent by the state. WSS and the state will split the maintenance costs at 50 percent.
Ninety percent of the construction for the Cottonville Road crossing, valued at $237,316, was paid for by the federal government and 10 percent by the state. WSS and the state will split the maintenance costs at 50 percent.
One freight train a day travels through the two railroad crossings, respectively, at a maximum of 25 miles per hour.
This project is a part of a comprehensive statewide NCDOT program to enhance highway safety by adding or improving signals and gates at public railroad crossings. Automatic warning devices are now in place at more than 2,400 of the 4,100 public at-grade crossings across the state.