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Railroad Crossing Courtesy Closure Advisory

​Communicated:  October 22, 2013
Closure dates:  October 23, 2013 – November 10, 2013

To accommodate railroad track maintenance, Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be closing railroad crossings in the Charlotte Metro Region beginning October 23, 2013 through November 10, 2013.  As Norfolk-Southern Railroad maintains their tracks, they will need to close the crossings for six to eight hours.  Due to variation in work schedules and the need to close some crossings on weekends, advance warning of these closures will only be through the media.  Detours will be signed for these closures and information will be forwarded as it becomes available.  The crossings within the Charlotte city limits that should be closed for six to eight hours during this date range are:

  • North Tryon Street
  • North Graham Street
  • Toal Street
  • Starita Road
  • Cottonwood Street
  • Jeff Adams Drive
  • Trailer Drive
  • Oneida Road
  • Allen Road South
  • Racine Avenue
  • Maple Street
  • Gibbon Road
  • Nevin Road
  • Christenbury Road
  • Oak Drive
  • Pete Brown Road
  • Henderson Road
  • David Cox Road
  • Bob Beatty Road (South)
  • Bob Beatty Road (North)
  • Hucks Road
  • Independence Hill Road (Formerly Eastfield Road)

Access to all businesses and homes within the closures will be maintained. 

CATS will be affected.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation is sharing this information with the traveling public as a courtesy.  CDOT does not permit or control railroad closures.  This is entirely a function of the railroad. For more information about this closure, please contact Richard Snider, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, at 704-378-3752 or Sandy Parisian, Road Safe Traffic, at 304-993-8293.

Questions?

For more information about these railroad repairs, contact Richard Snider, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, at 704-378-3752 or Sandy Parisian, Road Safe Traffic, at 304-993-8293.

For more information about this closure, contact Jimmy Rhyne of Charlotte Department of Transportation at 704-336-3905.

For more information about CDOT, contact Nicole Ramsey, CDOT, at 704-336-3870 or nramsey@charlottenc.gov.

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Please note that weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled, and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned.  When this occurs, City traffic engineers work directly with other City staff and contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.
 
Pedestrians walking near work zone areas should be alert, cautious and allow extra traveling time.  It is advised they cross at signalized intersections, use pedestrian walk signals where available and abide by detour signage.
 
Motorists traveling through work zone areas should be alert and extra cautious.  Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone.  Drivers should double their following distance.
 
Motorists and pedestrians near railroad crossings should respect the crossing and the track by following these tips:
  • Always expect a train at every highway-rail intersection;
  • Freight trains do not travel on a predictable schedule and passenger train schedules frequently change;
  • Trains ALWAYS have the right-of-way over ambulances, fire engines, cars and law enforcement;
  • Always stop your vehicle when crossing gates are down or lights are flashing. Never try to drive around the gate.
  • Look both ways, listen and proceed with caution;
  • Never stop your car on railroad tracks. When approaching an intersection at railroad tracks, keep your car safely behind the white lines; and
  • Never race a train to a crossing.