MOORESVILLE – In conjunction with the Town of Mooresville, North Carolina Department of Transportation and Norfolk Southern (NS), an open-house style workshop was held on Aug 2. to showcase the various evaluations of highways and railroad crossings along the NS “O” Line from Bridges Farm Road to Mazeppa Road.
A traffic separation study (TSS) indicated which roads could close temporarily and which crossways are due for an upgrade scale or improvement. All potential roadway closures are subject to change, and the displays at the informal meeting were only preliminary, said Nancy Horne, project manager for NCDOT.
“We will take all the comments we hear from residents tonight and implement those concerns,” Horne said. “There’s a 30-day comment period where residents will have to give us feedback on what they saw tonight. The upgrades and signal add-ons we’ve proposed are just recommendations.”
Improvement sites include but are not limited to Langtree Road, Crossrail Road, Foursquare Road, Brawley Avenue, Mills Avenue, McLelland Avenue, Moore Avenue, Plaza Drive, Whitman Circle, Patterson Avenue, Walnut Street and Oak Street.
In 2004, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) evaluated 13 grade crossings of the NS “O”Line from Charlotte to Mooresville in a comprehensive evaluation of traffic and road usage within a rail corridor. At the time, no further action was taken. Since the earlier evaluation many local plans and development changes have occurred, including the Mooresville Comprehensive Transportation Plan in 2008. This, combined with the increased rail and vehicular traffic, is the reason the team is looking at options for separating railroad and highway traffic, Mooresville Town Manager David Treme said.
“We will formally receive (the final recommendation), and decisions will be made because the whole purpose is to promote safe traveling for the public,” he said.
Final recommendations will be done in September, and a public hearing will take place in November.
A copy of the public meeting map can be viewed on the NCDOT public meeting tab on www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings.