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Railroad crossings to close in Durham and Wake Counties

Posted December 3, 2012


Railroad crossings in Durham and Wake Counties will be closed through 2014 as crews work on a multimillion-dollar project to improve safety for trains and vehicles.

The Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh received a $10.9 million contract from the N.C. Department of Transportation for a railroad safety project. The project will close railroad crossings at Hopson Road in Durham County and Church Street in Wake County.

The plan realigns 3.8 miles of the North Carolina Railroad/Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks from Interstate 40 to McCrimmon Parkway.

A railroad bridge will be constructed over Hopson Road, and Church Street will be realigned onto Keystone Park Drive. The current crossings have poor line of sight for vehicles, and eliminating the crossings is expected to reduce crashes.

Work is expected to begin Dec. 31, and the railroad track construction will be completed by Aug. 31, 2014. Roadway work will be completed by July 1, 2015.


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  • pause to consider Dec 3, 3:16 p.m.

    This is the one at Hopson near Miami, between the TOLLway and Miami. I certainly hope these roads will not be closed the entire time of the project, but knowing the NCDOT, it wouldn't surprise me. My office just moved from around there, whew!

  • SomeRandomGuy Dec 3, 1:21 p.m.

    Must be the one between Miami and Davis, trying to force people on to the toll road!

  • dsbarrett2000 Dec 3, 1:09 p.m.

    The one by Highway 55 was just re-done. The one affected will be the one by Miami. This will indeed cause traffic pain for those used to that route....Maybe now that toll road will get some traffic? Coincidence?

  • no contest Dec 3, 12:16 p.m.

    There are 2 RR crossings on Hopson Rd in Durham County. Which one?

    I would think it is the one by S. Miami Blvd because the passenger trains travel on those tracks at faster speeds than the freight only trains on the tracks by Hwy 55.

    Either way it would be nice to know because if it is the one by S. Miami Blvd. it will be a traffic pain.