WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The City of Wilmington Rail Realignment project is aiming to provide a shorter train route from the Navassa rail yard to the Port of Wilmington.
The first step in this project was to identify alternative routes, which was completed earlier this year. The proposed rail routes will use a new bridge over the Cape Fear River.
In the second step, called the Alternatives Analysis phase, the six alternative routes were narrowed down to two. Officials say these two routes stood out the most, comparing a number of things, including at-grade crossings on public roadways and noise-sensitive parcels.
“As train frequency increases and we get more and more motorists on the roads, we just want to create a set up that we don’t have those at-grade crossings where public mobility and freight mobility by rail can grow independently,” said Aubrey Parsley, Director of Rail Realignment for the City of Wilmington.
Officials anticipate that this phase will last for another 12 months.
Part of moving into the next phase is weighing the feedback from neighbors. Parsely said “that’s what we’re asking for the public to weigh in on and give us comments and feedback. Our process is built so we can take that public feedback and build it into the final product before it gets released.”
Feedback can be given through interactive Zoom meetings on July 6th and 19th, or on the project website. People will be able to meet with the project engineers for comments and questions.
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