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Join officials from the NCDOT on Dec. 12 at Hickory Ridge High School for an open-house style Design Public Hearing and learn more about the proposed additional track construction through Harrisburg.

From 6-8 p.m. in the HRHS Commons Area, NCDOT representatives will answer questions and receive comments about the Haydock-to-Junker project. Residents are invited to attend this informal, informational session and learn more about how a second rail line will affect crossings and what other changes -- such as bridges, crossing upgrades and safety improvements -- can be expected.

This public event follows a Local Officials Informational Meeting at 5 p.m., which will provide Harrisburg Town Council and town staffers a separate opportunity to discuss the project with NCDOT members.

According to the official Public Notice, "NCDOT proposes to construct an additional railroad track adjacent to the existing railroad track along the North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) / Norfolk Southern Railway between Haydock (south of N.C. 49 near Concord) and Junker (at Orr Road in northeast Charlotte) ... The purpose of the proposed project is to improve passenger train schedule reliability, provide the ability to support the introduction of as many as 12 daily (6 round trip) additional passenger trains to the NCRR Corridor, and improve the safety of the railroad within the project study area."

The Harrisburg meeting is one of two Design Public Hearings scheduled. The second is a Mecklenburg County meeting, slated for Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m., at the Charlotte Friends Meetinghouse.

To view the full Public Notice issued by the NCDOT, click here. For more information, contact Eileen Fuchs of NCDOT—Human Environment at 919-707-6067 or by email,