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The project logo P-5744: Wesley Chapel Stouts Road Rail Crossing

The project logo P-5744: Wesley Chapel Stouts Road Rail Crossing

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to construct a grade separation (bridge) at the Wesley Chapel Stouts Road railroad crossing to replace the existing at-grade railroad crossing. The railroad corridor associated with this crossing is an important intermodal rail corridor linking the Port of Wilmington to a freight terminal in Charlotte.
 

The general purpose of the project is to improve the overall service performance for both the railroad and roadway users. The proposed improvements will enhance the use of the roadway by improving safety and providing an “always open” crossing of the railroad for local traffic, emergency vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists on a corridor that has a substantial amount of vehicular traffic (estimated at 20,500 vehicles per day). The project will also enhance railroad operations by improving safety and allowing for better utilization of the second railroad track, which is a passing track to allow for trains in opposite directions to pass each other at this location.
 

Vicinity Map

Project Overview

The proposed bridge will accommodate the planned widening of Wesley Chapel Stouts Road, which is included in local transportation plans as a separate and future project. However, until the future widening project is completed, the proposed bridge will be striped for one 11-foot lane in each direction with a 4-foot median island, and 10-foot multi-use paths (MUPs) on each side. When the future widening project is completed, the bridge will be striped to accommodate four 11-foot travel lanes (two lanes in each direction), while maintaining the MUPs on each side. Fill dirt will be used to raise the height of Wesley Chapel Stouts Road to the height of the new bridge. The height of fill will increase from 0-feet near the ends of the project to approximately 30-feet on top of the bridge.


CONSTRUCTION 

NCDOT plans to maintain traffic on the existing Wesley Chapel Stouts Road during construction, using the existing at-grade railroad crossing while the bridge is being built. However, some construction activities would require that the road be closed for short periods of time, which would result in temporary detours for Wesley Chapel Stouts Road travelers. Detour signs would be posted during these time periods. Construction is expected to last approximately 18 months.

Proposed Alternatives

NCDOT is evaluating two alignment alternatives for the bridge, a west side alignment and an east side alignment.   

 

WEST SIDE ALTERNATIVE

Construct a bridge over the railroad to the west of the existing at-grade railroad crossing, and realign Wesley Chapel Stouts Road to connect to the new bridge. Due to the location of the existing Orr Road/Wesley Chapel Stouts Road intersection, the West Side Alternative will require modifications to Orr Road. Two options are under consideration that affect Orr Road:

 

Orr Alignment 1 would realign Orr Road to connect to Wesley Chapel Stouts Road across from Country Lane. The bridge would be approximately 156’ in length.  Click Here for Map.

Orr Alignment 2 would extend Orr Road to the east to cross under the bridge. Orr Road would then curve away from the railroad to connect to Country Lane at a stop sign. Orr Road travelers would access Wesley Chapel Stouts Road via Country Lane. The bridge would be approximately 215’ in length. Click Here for Map.

 

EAST SIDE ALTERNATIVE

Construct a bridge over the railroad to the east of the existing at-grade railroad crossing, and realign Wesley Chapel Stouts Road to connect to the new bridge. Orr Road and Country Lane would be realigned and connect to Wesley Chapel Stouts Road at a new intersection further south. The bridge would be approximately 158’ in length. Click Here for Map. 

 

 

*The preferred alternative will be selected by taking into consideration comments, costs, and impacts and will be presented by Winter 2020/2021*  

 

Proposed Typical Sections

Wesley Chapel Stouts Road Bridge Cross Section

 

 

Wesley Chapel Stouts Road Cross Section

 

Orr Road and Country Lane Cross Section

 

Local Officials' Virtual Meeting

A virtual Local Officials' Meeting was held August 7, 2020 to provide officials with information on the proposed project, present maps of the proposed alternatives, answer questions, and gather comments.

A downloadable pdf version of the powerpoint that was presented at the meeting can be found here

 

Project Funding: 

This project is listed as Project No. P-5744 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

 

West Alternative - Orr Option #1

West Alternative - Orr Option #2

 East Alternative 

Right-of-Way **

$ 7,090,000  

$ 7,310,000

$ 5,530,000

Construction Costs

$ 9,400,000

$ 10,400,000

$ 9,200,000

Total Costs

$ 16,490,000

$ 17,710,000

$ 14,730,000

* NCDOT, July 2020. Costs are preliminary and subject to change

** Includes utility relocation costs

 

Project Timeline: 

Milestone

Date*

Newsletter #1 

Summer 2020

Newsletter #2 or Public Meeting to present preferred alternative                                      

Winter 2020/2021

Environmental Document 

Spring 2021

Right-of-Way

Summer 2024

Construction

Summer 2026

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Potential Impacts to Human and Natural Resources for Each Alternative*: 

 

West Alternative - Orr Option #1

West Alternative - Orr Option #2

 East Alternative 

Potential New Right-of-Way (acres)

6.53 

5.33

6.41

Residential Relocations

3

3

7

Business Relocations

1

2

2

Farms

0

0

0

Non-Profit/Place of Worship Relocations

0

0

0

Streams (linear feet)

25

25

176

Wetlands (acres)

0

0

0

* Impacts to these resources are considered during selection of preferred alternative.

 

Project Comments: 

Comment Period for this project ended September 14, 2020. 

 

For NCDOT's response to public comments click HERE.

 

Which alternative do you prefer?
West Side Alternative
80%
East Side Alternative
20%
Closed to responses | 10 Responses
If you prefer the West Side Alternative, which new Orr Road Alignment do you prefer?
Orr Option 1
80%
Orr Option 2
30%
No Preference
0%
Closed to responses | 11 Responses
What are the reasons for your preference?
Closed for Comments
Do you have any comments or concerns about potential property impacts? Please be specific.
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Project Contact Information:

Matthew Potter

NCDOT Rail Division

1553 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1553

(919) 707-4738

Project Email Address: [email protected]

RESOURCES FOR PROPERTY OWNERS 


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