SALISBURY – A busy Salisbury railroad crossing is scheduled to close as of Monday at 11 am, and will remain closed for more than three years.
The Klumac Road crossing is part of a $7.6 million project by the NC DOT to build a bridge and realign the street.
The closure is scheduled to remain in place until the project is complete in October 2016, NC DOT said in a news release.
The project includes building a bridge for train traffic over Klumac Road and an underpass for motor vehicle traffic on Klumac Road at the railroad crossing, as well as realigning .6 miles of Klumac Road from Main Street to just south of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
Crews will shift the road over roughly a block to accommodate the bridge/underpass construction.
Drivers traveling through the area must follow a signed detour route.
NC DOT says about 4,300 vehicles drive over the Klumac Road railroad crossing each day, and about 40 trains pass the crossing daily.
By separating the vehicles from the trains, the project will greatly reduce the potential for accidents while helping traffic flow more efficiently through the area, the state agency said.
This project is part of the Piedmont Improvement Program, a series of rail projects that transportation officials say will improve safety and mobility on the corridor between Raleigh and Charlotte.
These projects are primarily funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and will be completed by Sept. 30, 2017.