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East Durham Railroad Safety Project

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # P-5706
Project Type:
Railroad Relocation & Bridge Construction
Affected Counties:
Estimated Cost: $


The NCDOT, in conjunction with Norfolk Southern, is modifying the rail and right of way in East Durham, straightening the line in what they’ve dubbed the East Durham Railroad Safety Project. Property owners along the line who’ve dealt with the noise of rail traffic – usually around 12-18 trains per day – now stand to have an even more invasive experience.

Unlike a typical road-widening, the primary goal of this 2.4 mile project is to relocate the railway and close at-grade crossings.  The project includes new bridges to carry traffic from Glover Road and Ellis Road over the railroad. It will also close the Wren Road crossing, rerouting traffic to Glover Road. It is a heavily commuter-invasive project, with crossings being closed and rerouting many around the construction zone.

While the added safety improvements are laudable, 39 properties are in the path – some of which will be entirely taken. The NCDOT has set aside more than $9.3 million to compensate property owners for the takings. These include properties along Glover and Ellis Road to accommodate the bridges and travel lane modification required.

The projected project completion date is in Fiscal Year 2029.

Don’t wait for the NCDOT to come knocking – you can get ahead of them by acting immediately. If you own a property affected by P-5706, call us at 877-393-4990 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Ask about our no-fee guaranteeour clients pay us nothing unless we collect for them!



Map of P-5706 Ellis Crossing

Map of P - 5706 Glover Wrenn Crossing


  • Right-of-way acquisition – Currently on hold due to budget constraints, but may begin as early as Fall 2021
  • Start Construction – 2026
  • End Construction – 2029

Property Takings

It is estimated that this project will impact at least 39 properties. Currently, the NCDOT has set aside more than $9,300,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.