NCDOT and CSX to close part of US 421 for rail repairs


WILMINGTON – Drivers traveling to US 421 south of the Interstate 140 junction in new Hanover County will have to take an alternate route next week.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will temporarily close this less than 2 mile section of road at 6 a.m. Monday, so a contractor from CSX Corp. can perform maintenance and repairs to its level crossing. Its tracks cross US 421 just south of Sutton Steam Plant Road, near the New Hanover Recycling Center.

A marked route will guide drivers on an approximately 10 mile detour via US 74, NC 133 and I-140 to exits 14 and 17 around the crossing under construction.

Repairs are expected to take up to five days, but could be completed as early as three days, depending on weather conditions.

NCDOT maintenance crews will assist the CSX contractor in removing asphalt around the crossing. When the work is complete, the contractor will replace the asphalt to help level the road for future travelers.

CSX Corp. provides rail transportation services on more than 20,000 miles of track in 23 states and serves major markets in the eastern United States

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