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North Carolina Railroad, Jamestown partner to build pedestrian underpass


North Carolina Railroad Co. (NCRR) and the city of Jamestown, N.C., recently agreed to share the million-dollar-plus cost of building a pedestrian underpass to connect Guilford Technical Community College with the downtown area.

Currently under design, the underpass would enable students and pedestrians to bypass NCRR tracks while walking between the college, three other schools, a local YMCA and the town center. HNTB Corp. will complete the design in six months.

The partnership could serve as a “blueprint” for infrastructure projects proposed by the railroad and other communities, according to NCRR, which owns and manages a 317-mile Morehead City-to-Charlotte rail corridor.

“The underpass idea came about as plans progressed to double track the segment of the railroad that goes through Jamestown,” said NCRR President Scott Saylor in a prepared statement. “This part of the NCRR carries more than 40 freight trains and six Amtrak trains daily.”

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