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The project logo P-5709/Y-5500GA-Franklin Blvd -Naco Rd -Greensboro

The project logo P-5709/Y-5500GA-Franklin Blvd -Naco Rd -Greensboro

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes;

Project P-5709 to grade separate Franklin Boulevard and close O’Ferrell Street rail crossing. A grade separation means using a bridge to separate intersecting roads and/or railroads.

Project Y-5500GA proposes to extend Naco Road from O’Ferrell Street to U.S. 70 (Burlington Road) with rail grade separations at Ward Road and Wagoner Bend Road, and closure of rail crossings at Maxfield Road and Buchanan Church Road in Greensboro.  


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                                                   Project Y-5500GA                                                                                                   


                                                      Project P-5709

Purpose and Need:

Y-5500GA – Naco Road Extension and P-5709 – Franklin Boulevard Grade Separation

The purpose of Projects Y-5500GA and P-5709 is to remove existing at-grade railroad crossings and provide safety improvements along the Raleigh to Charlotte high-speed rail corridor.  By providing alternate access to safer crossings, this project will reduce train and vehicle conflicts along the corridor.

These improvements are needed to reduce the potential for roadway vehicle/train collisions at the at-grade crossings as rail traffic volumes increase in the future.  Grade separations and crossing closures eliminate the potential for roadway vehicle/train collisions, which improves safety for both rail and roadway traffic. The potential for conflicts will continue to increase with the growth of rail and roadway traffic.

P-5709 – Franklin Boulevard Grade Separation

The project is needed to reduce the potential for roadway vehicle/train collisions at the at-grade crossings.  

Project History

Y-5500GA – Naco Road Extension

NCDOT first identified these crossings for possible closure based on the recommendations of the East Guilford, NC Traffic Separation Study (TSS) that was prepared in 2004 and updated in 2013. The TSS evaluated the existing at-grade railroad crossings at O’Ferrell Street, Ward Road, Maxfield Road, Buchanan Church Road, and Wagoner Bend Road. The study made the following recommendations:

  • Close O’Ferrell Street Crossing
  • Grade separation at Ward Road Crossing
  • Close Maxfield Road Crossing
  • Close Buchanan Church Road Crossing
  • Grade separation at Wagoner Bend Road Crossing

The Project is also included in the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (2015) for the GUAMPO.

P-5709 – Franklin Boulevard Grade Separation

In 2013 the NCDOT Rail Division, City of Greensboro, NCRR, and NS participated in a comprehensive evaluation of traffic patterns and road usage at six (6) existing at-grade crossings in Guilford County located along the NS rail corridor. Using quantitative and qualitative measures, the Traffic Separation Study (TSS) recommended a grade-separation at the Franklin Boulevard crossing and to close O’Ferrell Street. The Franklin Boulevard crossing was the highest priority of the six crossings in the study, given its traffic volumes and connectivity with the larger street network. The Franklin Boulevard rail crossing serves 7,325 vehicles per day (vpd - 2014), while the O’Ferrell Street crossing serves a lower volume (760 vpd - 2014) of mostly residential traffic.


Public Involvement

Public Meetings

A public meeting was held on Nov. 21, 2019 in Greensboro, NC to obtain stakeholder and public input regarding the project's design.  


  November 21, 2019


 Genesis Baptist Church 

 2812 E. Bessemer Ave. 

 Greensboro, NC 27405


  4-7 p.m.


Public Meeting Maps:

Project P-5709

Map 1: Franklin Boulevard Grade Separation and O'Ferrell Street At-Grade Rail Crossing Closure

Project Y-5500GA

Map 1: Naco Road Extension from O'Ferrell Street to U.S. 70

Map 2:  Naco Road Extension from O'Ferrell Street to U.S. 70

Project Funding

These projects are listed as Project Y-5500GA and P-5709 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program  (STIP) and are funded for $42.9million together.



Estimated Amount*


Estimated Amount*

Property Acquisition$4,200,000 $2,500,000
Utiliy Costs N/A $900,000
Construction Costs$25,400,000   $9,900,000
Total Cost$29,600,000 $13,300,000

* Estimated costs are subject to change. Based on NCDOT STIP.

Project Timeline


  Date* (Y-5500GA)

  Date* (P-5709)
PE Funding ApprovedOctober 2015May 2017
Initial Public MeetingJune 2016December 2017
Alternative SelectionMarch 2018May 2019
Seecond Public MeetingNovember 2019November 2019
Environmental DocumentDecember 2019December 2019
Right of Way Acquisition TBDFiscal Year 2021
Construction BeginsTBDFiscal Year 2023

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Matthew Potter, PE

Project Development Engineer Consultant

NCDOT Rail Division

1553 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1553




Anamika Laad, AICP CTP

Senior Rail Project Development Engineer

NCDOT Rail Division

1553 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC  27699-1553




Steve Brown, PE

Project Consultant


555 Fayetteville Street, Suite 900 

Raleigh, NC  27607




Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  


Relocation Assistance Brochure                                       Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

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