NCDOT: Temporarily close Robinson Church Road

Robinson Church Road will be temporarily closed at the railroad crossing Saturday, February 14 at 7 a.m. and will reopen Monday night, February 16. There will be a detour route.

NCDOT says the closure is necessary to quicken the completion of the new four-lane Roberta Road Bridge, which cannot be finished until the existing track and train traffic is shifted through the crossing to the new alignment under the bridge.

NCDOT and Norfolk Southern Railway say this will be the only closure for Robinson Church Road until the new Roberta Road Bridge is completed and Robinson Church Road railroad is permanently closed.

According to NCDOT during the closure the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office will station multiple patrol cars on the north and south sides of the construction area to maintain incident response time. The Harrisburg Fire Department has mutual aid agreements with three fire departments outside town limits to increase coverage and maintain response times. Residents experiencing life-threatening emergencies should always call 911 for immediate assistance.

Crews will perform the following work:

>Removal of asphalt within the crossing limits
>Grading trackbed for the second track in the crossing area
>Installing the new second track through the crossing
>Shifting several hundred feet of existing track through the crossing
>Paving the crossing

According to NCDOT this closure is a critical part of NCDOT's Piedmont Improvement Program, a series of railroad and highway enhancements aimed to improve safety, spur job growth and improve connectivity between Raleigh and Charlotte, as well the communities in between.

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