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 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 proposed project (called a Categorical Exclusion) was completed in December 2020. However, after the design progressed, the railroad company (CSX)  provided additional feedback notifying NCDOT Rail Division of problems with the alignment (horizontal curvature) and slope (connection to existing ground) for a section of the proposed siding. Those problems shortened the western limit of the feasible track extension.

Consistent with the December 2020 environmental document, the existing railroad siding track is proposed to be extended along the south side of the CSX SF-line, beginning just southwest of Freedom Road, ending east of the bridge at Boston Avenue. In addition to the permanent closure of the at-grade rail crossing at Ross Wright Road, the at-grade rali crossing at Freedom Road will also be permanently closed.

While the purpose and need of the project has not changed, design modifications are needed to meet current track storage capacity requirements because the proposed siding cannot extend as close to Boston Avenue as originally planned.

Project Update Video


Coming Soon


Project Maps

Download Map 1 - Rail Siding Extension

Download Map 2 - New two-lane roadway with a new bridge over Peachland-Polkton Road and an intersection with U.S. 74



Project Funding 

This project is listed as Project P-5750 in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $17.7 million.


Estimated Amount*

Project Development & Design


Right of Way


Construction Costs**


Total Costs


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

** Project development/design cost is within the construction cost



Project Timeline



Environmental Document (Categorical Exclusion) - Download Here

December 2020

Supplemental Environmental Document (Addresses changes since the December 2020 document)

December 2021

Right of Way 

Summer 2023


Summer 2024

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change


Project Comments 

Due to Covid-19, NCDOT has suspended all in-person meetings until further notice.  

The public is encouraged to leave any questions or comments using this website, project email or phone number.


Project Email: [email protected]

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



Question title

Do you have any comments or questions regarding the railroad siding extension through Polkton?

Question title

Do you have any comments or questions regarding the permanent closing of the at-grade crossing at Ross Wright Road?

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

Project Contacts 

Undrea Major

NCDOT Rail Division

1553 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1553


Kristina Miller

RK&K Senior Manager, Planning

8601 Six Forks Road, Forum 1, Suite 700

Raleigh, NC 27615


[email protected]

984-205-6615 code 9638

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