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Cary intersection closed for railroad crossing upgrades

Posted July 13, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014

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— Southwest Cary Parkway at Old Apex Road will be closed for about a month, starting Monday, to upgrade the CSX Transportation railroad crossing at the intersection.

The project, approved by the Cary Town Council in 2011, will provide sidewalk improvements on each side of Southwest Cary Parkway, add pedestrian signal controlled crosswalks at the intersection and upgrade rubber materials to minimize vehicle vibration while crossing the railroad tracks.

Raleigh-based Barnhill Contracting Company will complete the project at a cost of $253,381.25 as part of the town’s annual streets improvements project.

Businesses near the intersection will remain open during construction.

Motorists are directed to use Old Apex Road, North Salem Street, U.S. Highway 64 and Lake Pine Drive to get around the construction. There's a detour for bikes as well.

The railroad track, owned and operated by CSX, maintains at least six trains per day - four CSX freight trains and two Amtrak passenger trains.

Upon completion, the project will have:

  • 1500 square yards of asphalt paving
  • 500 linear feet of concrete curb and gutter
  • 300 linear feet of new concrete sidewalk
  • Six concrete wheelchair ramps
  • 1325 linear feet of thermoplastic long life pavement markings
  • Eight new traffic signal heads
  • Eight new pedestrian signal heads with push-button activated signals
  • Two additional pavement marking crosswalks

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  • Wheelman Jul 14, 2014

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    Old Apex to Maynard and then Plantation get you to Lake Pine and the Parkway quicker without all the Hwy 64 traffic.

  • Kristin Byrne Jul 14, 2014
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    How do you know it's not needed? Have you spoken to any of the engineers with the town of Cary? Have you spoken to anyone with the NCDOT? Have you spoken with anyone with the FRA? If the railroad is deemed in need of upgrades, the town of Cary is out of luck.

    As for Cary not spending money responsibly, they spend it a lot better than some of the neighboring towns.

  • MinorityWillbeNewMajority Jul 14, 2014

    I will wait until the work is complete before making the call on whether the one month wait was worth it. All I know is that the crossing was a rough every time I came by cruising at 45pm, the designated speed for that area.

  • luvbailey Jul 14, 2014

    Travel through that intersection frequently and never felt it was in need of improvement. This a BIG detour. Rush hour on 64 between Old Apex Rd & US1 is already heavy. This will significantly increase travel times for those who use that route.

  • GALNC Jul 14, 2014

    I guess Cary wasn't happy enough to cause delays with the idiotic circles going into downtown Cary which caused the roads to be blocked for several months. They had to move to another part of town and close down the road again. That intersection is fine..this isn't needed,....but when does Cary spend money responsibly??? Never is my opinion.

  • Fred Kozlof Jul 14, 2014
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    That's actually Not much, in the context of road repair. Surely they could have done that at nights. Ridiculous.