— The N.C. Department of Transportation
will hold a public meeting Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the proposed closure of a private crossing at Byrdsville Road on the North Carolina Railroad/Norfolk Southern Railroad corridor in Orange County.
The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Shared Visions Retreat Center (auditorium) located at 3717 Murphy School Road in Durham. Interested residents may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project. There will be no formal presentation. Residents will also have the opportunity to submit comments and questions in writing.
NCDOT is considering closing the crossing to improve safety for local residents using the existing crossing and for rail crews and passengers. This rail line is part of the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) corridor, which will have increased train speeds and more freight and passenger trains in the future.
An alternate route would be used when this crossing is closed. The alternate route for Byrdsville Road would include Walter Clark Drive and a newly constructed road connecting Byrdsville Mobile Home Park to Walter Clark Drive. The two roads would provide alternate access to N.C. 86.
The acquisition of right-of-way is scheduled to begin in 2014 followed by construction in 2015. These schedules are tentative and subject to change.
For more information, contact Ryan White, NCDOT Senior Rail Project Development Engineer at (919) 707-4717 or RLWhite@ncdot.gov.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for persons with disabilities who want to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact White as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
Spanish speakers can receive interpretive services, if needed, upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.