Wendell railroad crossing to get much-needed repairs

mhankerson@newsobserver.comJuly 7, 2014 

— After three years of complaints from drivers, the railroad track running through Wendell may receive much-needed repair toward the end of summer with help from the state Department of Transportation.

Town Manager Teresa Piner said she receives about a complaint a week about the tracks that separate the north and south side of the town. Drivers are usually concerned about their car’s alignment from the bumpy ride over the tracks where the tracks aren’t as tall as the asphalt.

Most of the complaints come via phone calls in the mornings, when residents are on their way to work.

Emails from Piner show she contacted the rail company, Carolina Coastal, in March to ask what could be done.

The company told her they had several areas to repair and Wendell’s repairs had been delayed, but they would pick it back up.

“We now have it back on the front burner and will push to repair this spring,” Carolina Coastal general manager Virgil Holmon wrote to her in March.

Now, with the help of DOT, repairs are supposed to be made in late summer.

“The railroad crossings have been in fairly poor condition for the last three years,” Piner said.

Carolina Coastal runs a track from Belhaven near the coast to the Raleigh area. Carolina Coastal leases the track from Norfolk Southern.

Because the rail runs through DOT-owned roads, it is up to DOT to maintain the roads by working with Carolina Coastal, which maintains the actual rail.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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