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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will close permanently the Millbrook Road grade crossing in Harrisburg on July 13 as part of a plan to improve the area’s rail corridor, the department announced yesterday.The Charlotte-to-Harrisburg corridor improvements will include constructing 12 miles of second track and realigning curves in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties, NCDOT officials said in a press release. The upgrades will allow trains to pass more frequently, which reduces traffic congestion. Closing crossings such as the one at Millbrook Road also will help reduce the risk of collisions between trains and motor vehicles, department officials said. NCDOT originally planned to close the Millbrook crossing in November 2014 as part of the Caldwell Park Drive extension project, completed last year. That project extended Caldwell Park Drive west into Mecklenburg County to allow for the closure of two private crossings and the public crossing at Millbrook Road.
The Millbrook crossing closure was delayed to facilitate traffic around other construction projects, however.
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