NCDOT wants to improve CSX tracks

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LAURINBURG, N.C. — Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation are proposing a project that would improve CSX Transportation tracks between Laurinburg and Wilmington in southeastern North Carolina.

The agency’s rail division would boost railroad tracks east of Laurinburg and east of Bladenboro, as well as near East Arcadia. The project scope would include improvements to about 6.7-miles of track on the railroad’s Wilmington Subdivision.

According to the agency, the improvements could be funded through a federal grant.

Specific track improvement plans were not discussed, however the agency intends to host a public forum on Aug. 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Laurinburg. The meeting will last from 5 to 7 p.m.

The route in question is part of a new intermodal corridor connecting the port of Wilmington and Charlotte, N.C. The service, known as the Queen City Express, offers two-day service between the Charlotte Intermodal Terminal and port facilities in Wilmington.

See the news release online.

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