NCDOT expects to improve CSX tracks in Scotland, Bladen counties

LAURINBURG — The N.C. Department of Transportation recently proposed improving sections of CSX railroad tracks in Scotland and Bladen counties to help alleviate rail congestion and accommodate for freight growth.

The department’s Rail Division would improve low-speed tracks connecting to other CSX lines east of Laurinburg and east of Bladenboro, as well as near East Arcadia in Bladen County. The three sections of tracks that would be improved total about 6.7 miles.

Part of a busy freight line between Wilmington and Charlotte, the tracks reduce the number of heavy trucks on state highways. The department would use a federal grant to improve the CSX tracks to reduce rail freight delays, improve air quality and lower highway congestion.

NCDOT will seek public input on the project Thursday, Aug. 31, at First United Methodist Church at 101 West Church St. in Laurinburg. The informal meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m.

Residents unable to attend the meeting may submit questions and comments are due Sept. 15. For additional information, contact Anamika Laad, Senior Rail Project Engineer, at 1 South Wilmington St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601; or; or 919-707-4705.

Project information and materials can be viewed on the NCDOT website as they become available.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Tony Gallagher at the department’s Human Environment Section, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1598; 919-707-6069; or

People who speak Spanish and have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.