Three road-track crossings to close soon for rail improvements

May 10, 2016 | Light Rail, Transportation

Clay Blvd detour map

Map of North Tryon Street detour

Two road-track intersections will face lengthy closures in May. A third crossing will also close later this summer. The North Tryon Street median crossing for J.W. Clay Boulevard will be closed May 15-June 1. The NC Railroad crossing on McLean Road near Old Concord Road will close May 16 for 30 days.

Clay Boulevard median closing

To accommodate construction for the LYNX Blue Line Extension, a portion of the intersection of J.W. Clay Boulevard at North Tryon Street will close on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 9 a.m. until Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 4 p.m. restricting vehicular left/U-turn movements.

Motorists on North Tryon will not be able to make left or U-turns at JW Clay Boulevard. Motorists on JW Clay Boulevard will not be able to cross the median or make left turns; they will be restricted to ONLY turning right onto North Tryon Street.

Northbound motorists will be able to make U-turns at Institute Circle. Southbound motorists will be able to make U-turns at WT Harris Boulevard. Local access to residences will be maintained. CATS will not be affected.

For additional information

  • Contact David Bost, Charlotte Department of Transportation, at 704-336-8939 or
  • CLICK HERE to view the city’s interactive street-closure map.


Railroad Crossing closing on McLean Road at Old Concord Road

Beginning Monday, May 16, crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the railroad crossing on McLean Road at Old Concord Road in Charlotte.

This closure is part of continued progress on the Harrisburg to Charlotte Double Track project, which will add 12 miles of second track and realign curves along the North Carolina Railroad.

The closure will be in place for approximately 30 days. During this time, motorists will be directed to use Old Concord Road, N.C. 49, Back Creek Church Road and John Russell Road before returning to McLean Road. Message boards will be in place alerting motorists to the closure before it is scheduled to begin.

Back Creek Road Crossing to close next

Shortly after this crossing upgrade is finished, the state will close the crossing at Back Creek Church Road and NC 49 to make the same changes. This crossing upgrade will close Back Creek Road for about 30 days.

This railroad improvement project is one of three that, in total, will add approximately 26 miles of new second track along the main line, providing an uninterrupted double track spanning 92 miles between Greensboro and Charlotte. These improvements will allow trains to pass more frequently, thereby reducing congestion, increasing capacity and reliability and decreasing travel time.

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