Wednesday, December 16, 2009

NCDOT completes track restoration work between Greensboro and High Point

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The N.C. Department of Transportation, North Carolina Railroad Company and Norfolk Southern have completed the restoration of a nine-mile section of track between Greensboro and High Point. The new stretch of double track will help alleviate bottleneck delays, improve freight rail capacity and passenger train reliability. It will also provide future rail capacity for the federally-designated Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor as well as NS's Crescent Corridor.

 

"Through partnerships like this we continue to modernize our railroads and in turn improve freight and passenger rail efficiency through North Carolina," said State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. "The governor's Logistics Task Force will continue to foster partnerships that will keep our state's transportation systems moving forward."

NCDOT invested $23 million and NCRR provided $4 million to restore a second main track between Greensboro and High Point that had previously been pulled up in the 1970's.

 

"The NCRR is the state's original engine for economic development and affects 24 percent of North Carolina's economy," said John Atkins, NCRR chairman of the board of directors. "The railroad is a key part of the Crescent Corridor, and it creates thousands of jobs by providing transportation for key industries throughout the state. NCRR, NS and NCDOT have a unique partnership that improves railroads for both freight and passenger service statewide."

NCDOT's Rail Division designed preliminary plans for the project with NS managing project construction.

"This is an important milestone in the progress of Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor project. Double-tracking this busy section of track will enable us to move more freight faster, offer more competitive service, and help relieve highway congestion on this critical corridor," said Wick Moorman, Norfolk Southern CEO.

 

The project was completed in three phases, each three miles. The entire project took two and half years to complete.

 

Over the past 15 years, NCDOT has invested about $300 million in the state's intercity passenger rail service including modernizing train stations, track work improvements and corridor preservation as well as reduced train travel time between Raleigh and Charlotte by one hour.

Once completed, the Southeast High Speed Rail Corridor will provide business and leisure travelers with a competitive alternative to air and auto for trips between 100-500 miles.

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