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North Carolina, Illinois DOTs pursue proposed rail projects


The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is gauging public interest in holding a hearing on proposed upgrades to a 4.2-mile section of track from north of Upper Lake Road to south of Turner Road in Davidson County.

The project calls for building a track parallel to an existing track and bridges over the rail line at Upper Lake and Turner roads. The bridges will replace grade crossings in the area to reduce the risk of vehicle/train collisions, NCDOT officials said in a prepared statement. 

Department officials expect to begin right-of-way acquisition in April 2012. Construction is tentatively set to start in April 2013. An environmental assessment for the project already has been completed and is available for public review.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Transportation plans to hold an open house and public hearing tomorrow to review planned improvements to a Route 34 crossing near Aurora, Ill. The project includes the construction of a grade separation on CN’s line — formerly an Elgin, Joilet & Eastern Railway Co. route — on Ogden Avenue.

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