Project Update Video

Project Update

NCDOT Rail Division is currently preparing a supplement to the environmental document in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration to address design changes.

The environmental document for the project (called a Categorical Exclusion) was previously completed in December 2020. After the design progressed, CSX Transportation provided additional design input concerning railroad safety operations of a section of the proposed rail siding near Peachland. 

The existing railroad siding track is still proposed to be extended along the south side of the CSX SF-line, but now design modifications are needed to meet track storage capacity requirements so that the siding does not extend as close to Boston Avenue as originally planned. 


Project Design

The proposed project will:

  • Extend siding track along the south side of the railroad, roughly located between Freedom Road and east of the bridge at Boston Avenue

  • Permanent closure of two existing rail crossings (Ross Wright Road and Freedom Road)

  • Construct a new two-lane roadway on new location from N.C. 218 to U.S. 74, just west of Martin Street (which will maintain access to U.S. 74) 

  • Access along the existing N.C. 218 to and from Polkton will be maintained

  • Construct a new bridge that will carry the roadway over Peachland-Polkton Road and the railroad

  • Construct two new intersections that will provide access from the new roadway to Peachland-Polkton Road and to U.S. 74, near Horne Town Road

  • U.S. 74 will have a Reduced Conflict Intersection design for vehicles turning right-in/right-out


Reduced Conflict Intersection 

The most commmon type of reduced conflict intersection design eliminates left turns from side roads onto busy main roads.

Raised medians direct traffic from the side road into turning right. When there is a safe opening in traffic, drivers enter the flow of traffic on the main route. To go the other direction, or cross the highway, they pull into a dedicated lane – typically les​s than 1,000 feet away – ​and make a U-turn. There might be a traffic signal at this location.


For more information on Reduced Conflict Intersections, view the video below or visit the NCDOT Reduced Conflict Intersection Webpage.

Project Maps

Download PDF of Map 1 - Rail Siding Extension

Download PDF of Map 2 - Additional Design Features


A video explaining how to read a public hearing or meeting map can be viewed below. The video contains information on colors used and symbology.

Project Funding 

P-5750A- Ross Wright Road Rail Crossing Closure and Polkton Rail Siding Extension 
P-5750B- Freedom Road Rail Crossing Closure and New Bridge/Roadway Over the Railroad


P-5750A & B

Estimated Amount*

Project Development & Design


P-5750A: Construction, Utilities, and Easements


P-5750B: Construction, Utilities, and Right of Way


Total Costs


* Estimated costs are subject to change.



Project Timeline

Section A Milestone


Environmental Document (Categorical Exclusion) - Download Here

December 2020

Right of Way 

Summer 2023


Summer 2023

Section B Milestone


Environmental Document (Categorical Exclusion) 

January 2022

Right of Way 

FY 2024


FY 2026

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Project Comments 

NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.  
The public is encouraged to leave comments using this website, email, or phone number:



Phone Number: 984-205-6615 enter project code 9638

To be included in this portion of project development, comments should be submitted by May 9, 2023.



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Do you have any comments or questions regarding the construction of a new bridge/roadway over the railroad?

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Do you have any additional comments or questions about the proposed project?

Question title

Do you have any comments or questions regarding the design modifications to the section of rail siding near Peachland?

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Would you like to be added to the project mailing list?

Title VI Feedback

To ensure we’re hearing from a broad set of voices, would you be willing to share (completely anonymously) some information about yourself?

If so, please click here:

Project Contact

Undrea Major

NCDOT Rail Division

Rail Project Manager

1553 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1553

984-205-6615 code 9638

Project Contact

Tristram Ford


Consultant Project Manager

8601 Six Forks Road, Forum 1, Suite 700

Raleigh, NC 27615

984-205-6615 code 9638


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.  

Right-of-Way Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

Right of way Acquisition Process Videos


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