Railroad Crossing Closures Causing Major Headache For Charlotte Drivers

CHARLOTTE, NC.– Seven railway crossings are shut down across Charlotte for repairs. Another one closes Thursday morning. As barricades divert traffic, it’s causing a major hassle for drivers.

On Central Avenue, the railroad crossing has been closed since Monday, a day earlier than it was supposed to.

Road closings around the railroad crossings are happening in groups, so drivers have a path around. CATS buses also have to take alternate routes. Drivers say the detours take to much time. CFX is working to remove old asphalt and re-pave the area around its tracks.

“Just having the whole thing about having to take a whole new route to get to work or take to school and then on top of that that’s an extra 20, 30 minutes,” says Shanae Pettford, who lives in Plaza Midwood.

Others in Southeast Charlotte are going to experience the same headache soon. North Sharon Amity Road between Craig Avenue and Monroe Road will close for railroad repair starting Thursday. Residents aren’t looking forward to it.

“I have to go to UNC Charlotte every morning so I always go that way and I’m going to have to leave a little bit earlier there and hopefully there won’t be traffic or anything,” says Southeast Charlotte resident Whitney Davis.

Drivers just want the work to wrap up quickly. CFX tells WCCB Charlotte it worked with DOT officials on the road closures.