North Carolina Department of Transportation—Piedmont Improvement Program

To improve safety and reliability while also preparing for economic growth, North Carolina DOT led the $520 million Piedmont Improvement Program. The project included 32 miles of double track and passing sidings, state-of-the-art higher speed crossover switches, more than 30 realigned railroad curves, 12 advanced crossing signal systems, 13 new bridges and 13 miles of roadway, station improvements, and other components.

These improvements have ultimately led to additional capacity—both for passenger and freight—and increased safety for both drivers and those on the rails.