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



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



Environmental Document (Categorical Exclusion) - Download Here

December 2020

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

March 2022

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 construction of a new bridge/roadway over the railroad?

Question title

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?

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



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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