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O’Kelly Chapel Road Railroad Crossing Open to Traffic

Post Date:10/09/2018 6:33 AM
  • An at-grade railroad crossing at O’Kelly Chapel Road, located east of N.C. 55, is open to traffic.
  • This CSX Transportation railroad crossing is part of a project by a private developer to extend O’Kelly Chapel Road to Research Triangle Park.
  • This at-grade railroad crossing opening is part of the Town’s Carpenter Fire Station Road Realignment and Grade Separation Project.

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Cary, NC – An at-grade railroad crossing at O’Kelly Chapel Road, located east of N.C. 55, is open to traffic. This CSX Transportation railroad crossing is part of a project by a private developer to extend O’Kelly Chapel Road to Research Triangle Park. Construction of the extension, which is laid out in the Imagine Cary Community Plan, began fall 2017.

This at-grade railroad crossing opening is part of the Town’s Carpenter Fire Station Road Realignment and Grade Separation Project. Earlier this year, the Town of Cary permanently closed the at-grade railroad crossing at Carpenter Fire Station Road, east of N.C. 55.

While the at-grade crossing closure at Carpenter Fire Station Road is permanent, the Town plans to open the route again via a new roadway under the railroad line as part of a larger realignment project. The Town plans to realign Carpenter Fire Station Road from N.C. 55 to Morrisville Carpenter Road, west of Louis Stephens Drive, creating a four-lane, median-divided street. The project will provide additional capacity and increased safety for drivers. Construction is expected to begin winter 2019 and be complete by fall 2022. Once the realigned section of Carpenter Fire Station Road is open to traffic, the Town will permanently close the at-grade railroad crossing of Morrisville Carpenter Road to the south as part of the agreement with NCDOT and CSX Transportation.

The private developer is responsible for all costs associated with the O’Kelly Chapel Road at-grade railroad crossing, as well as the Carpenter Fire Station Road and Morrisville Carpenter Road at-grade railroad crossing closures.

A traffic signal is proposed at the intersection of O’Kelly Chapel Road and Louis Stephens Drive, as well as Little Drive and Davis Drive in the near future. Questions regarding traffic signalization along Little Drive corridor should be directed to N.C. Department of Transportation at (919) 220-4600.

For more information, search “Western Cary Railroad Crossing Closures” at www.townofcary.org. To receive notice of traffic implications related to this and other projects, go to www.townofcary.org/email and subscribe to the News, Events, and Alerts list. For real-time traffic updates, visit “Alerts and Closures” at www.townofcary.org, follow the Town of Cary on Twitter @TOC_Traffic and navigate via the Waze app on your smartphone.

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 Primary Contacts

Robert Shultes, Engineer, (919) 380-4104

Kathryn Trogdon, Public Information Specialist, (919) 380-4227

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240

Resources

Western Cary Railroad Crossings

Carpenter Fire Station Road Bridge and Intersection Improvements

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Town of Cary Traffic Feed on Twitter

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