DOT Closes West Raleigh Railroad Crossing
Posted March 27, 2002 6:09 a.m. EST
RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation permanently closed a dangerous railroad crossing in west Raleigh on Tuesday.
NCDOT will close
the Bashford Road extension and private rail crossing. Six people have died at the crossing in the past 10 years.
Last year, the NCDOT began constructing a new public road north of the tracks to provide alternate access. The new road ties into Corporate Center Boulevard and intersects with N.C. 54.
The crossing closure is part of the department's statewide program to enhance safety at rail-highway intersections by reducing the number of rail crossings and improving the remaining crossings.
Since 1994, the Sealed Corridor Program has used median separators, longer gate arms and four-quadrant gates to "seal" public railroad crossings between Raleigh and Charlotte along the North Carolina Railroad.