North Carolina Eminent Domain Lawyers

Railroad Bypass of Pembroke

Fast Facts

NCDOT TIP # P-4900
Project Type: Railroad Bypass
Affected Counties: Robeson
Estimated Cost: $11,900,000


There are two rail lines that run through Pembroke North Carolina – the CSX “A” north-south line and CSX “SE” east-west line. However, there is no easy way for trains to switch from one line to the other.

The NCDOT‘s 1.5 mile Pembroke Rail Connector aims to fix this problem. The connector will allow trains to switch lines and bypass Pembroke (see map).

This should reduce the number of freight trains through Pembroke and allow for more efficient movement of equipment, supplies, and personnel between military facilities in Fort Bragg, CSX rail yards, port facilities of North Carolina State Ports Authority at Wilmington, and the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU).

The planned location for the connector is on the northeast side of Pembroke in Robeson County, alongside mostly wetlands. According to the NCDOT’s map, there are no planned access points north of the railway.

The NCDOT held a public seminar in 2009 to present the alternatives being considered and obtain public input on this project. They held another public meeting in 2014 to present the current plans.


Environmental Assessment


This project is divided into 3 sections.

  • Section A – on schedule for construction in 2015
  • Section B – delayed from 2015 to 2016
  • Section C – delayed from 2015 to 2016

Property Takings

Property takings are currently underway. Some homes and businesses will be required to relocate. Others may lose access to parts of their property or it may be devalued in some other way.

If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation.