Railroad improvements ahead of Pitt County road widening

Railroad improvements ahead of Pitt County road widening

Railroad improvements are underway along Allen Road in Greenville ahead of the road being widened in the future.

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Residents living or traveling along Allen Road need to find an alternate route around a Pitt County Road.

Railroad improvements are underway along Allen Road in Pitt County ahead of the road being widened in the future.

Today through Monday, the 15th, the road at the railroad tracks near Landfill Road will be closed. According to welder, Henry Chambers, they are inserting railroad tubs on the track which creates a smoother ride for drivers.

Welding tracks to make for a smoother ride.

Welding tracks to make for a smoother ride.

“It’s going to benefit the railroad to have new crossing in, smoother ride for the train and smoother ride for the people who cross it every day,” Chambers said.

According to Chambers, it takes about an hour to weld one tub.

David Burrell lives right off Allen Road and according to Burrell, this construction work is desperately needed.

“I have seen a guy hauling a trailer come across those tracks, it was one of those open trailers, and the tracks on the left-hand side were sticking up way too high, you know the concrete around it sinks and the tracks stick up, well he went over it and it blew the tire on his trailer,” Burrell said.

While the road is closed, drivers can take Stantonsburg Road, U.S. 264, and U.S. 264 alternate or Stantonsburg Road, West Arlington Boulevard, and Dickinson Avenue.

This work is necessary before the contractor begins widening Allen Road, which is anticipated to begin next year.

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