In order to conduct this work, CSX will implement rolling closures of seven railroad crossings in Cary starting 9 p.m. January 15 through the evening of January 19 weather permitting. This is part of a larger four-week project by CSX to replace ties along its track from Cary through Moncure.
The Cary-specific work will be broken into two work periods. For each work period, according to CSX, they plan to work with a crew of about 100 CSX crew members and about 60 pieces of equipment to remove old ties, put in new ties and resurface track. Multiple simultaneous crossing closures are necessary due to the size and magnitude of the proposed crew and equipment needed to do the work.
CSX crews will conduct track work at night between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. so as not to disrupt freight and passenger service during the day. A separate crew will follow to repave the at-grade crossing during the day before the crossings can be reopened. CSX work is exempt from the Town’s noise ordinance.
CSX crews will begin work near North Academy Street near East Cedar Street, moving toward Apex and ending at Laura Duncan Road. The Town has requested CSX work to reopen each crossing as quickly as possible to minimize the number of simultaneous closings. SW Cary Parkway will not be closed since work was completed at this crossing in 2014.
Specifically, the railroad crossing at North Academy Street near East Cedar Street is anticipated to close 9 p.m. January 15 and the railroad crossings on North Harrison Avenue near the Cary Depot, Dixon Street near West Chatham Street, Old Apex Road near Murphy Drive and High House Road near Old Apex Road are anticipated to be closed starting at 11 p.m. on January 15 and remain closed until the evening of January 18. The crossings at SW Maynard Road near Old Apex Road and Laura Duncan Road near Old Apex Road are anticipated to be closed 11 p.m. January 18 to the evening of January 19. Heavy delays are expected; drivers are asked to avoid the area and follow local detour signage. To detour all closures, drivers should use the Maynard Loop and Cary Parkway.
Drivers traveling around North Dixon Avenue should head east on Holloway and Hillsboro Streets before heading north on North Harrison Avenue to access the detour along Chapel Hill Road to East Durham Road back to East Chatham Street. Those traveling around North Harrison Avenue and North Academy Street should also use East Durham Road as a detour. When driving around Old Apex Road, High House Road and SW Maynard, drivers are encouraged to use West Chatham Street as an alternate route, and those traveling around Laura Duncan Road should use North Salem Street and U.S. 64. Impacted GoCary routes will be rerouted as necessary.
Cary will assist with the presence of police officers near the closure areas during peak travel times for safety. Cary will also update the Town of Cary Traffic Twitter feed @TOC_Traffic.
Questions and comments should be directed to CSX at (803) 748-1280. For detours and updates, follow the Town of Cary on Twitter @TOC_Traffic and Facebook, and navigate via the Waze app on your smartphone.
Director of State Government Affairs
Robert E. Shultes
Transportation & Facilities Department