Citizens surface creative solutions

September 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm 2 comments

Rendering of bridge over Capital Blvd. Warren Gentry.


 Many thanks to Warren Gentry ( for this rendering of what a HSR train might look like crossing Capital Boulevard.              

 As city Council begins to realize the shortcomings of the NC3 plan, they are growing more supportive of looking at alternatives that meet the objectives of keeping Glenwood South open, supporting a center-platform station, and avoiding historic neighborhoods.             

 Here are two of the alternative proposals that are circulating from citizens. Both address the City’s concerns of closing West and Harrington intersections.  We ask that City Council and NCDOT seriously consider these, and other alternatives, and apply resources needed to determine how these could technically be accomplished.             

 1)  Proposed Mitigated NC-1-2 , from Ben Kuhn and a local engineer. A bridge splitting off Capital Boulevard North of the Cotton Mill, crossing Capital Boulevard and following the Peace Street exit.  Joins up with the existing NS tracks North of Jones Street (518 & 42nd Street Oyster).             

 2)   NC4 – (NC1-2 Avoidance Alternative), from Steve Waters,Pedestrian and Bicycle advisory group, with a local engineer. This version focuses on a 1400 foot long elevated viaduct/bridge over  the Glenwood South area, then merging into the single exisitng NS track  just North of Jones Streets.             

 In addition, Les Parker, proposed at the first Five Points Community Information meeting, that an underpass under West Street could address the core issue of street closings with NC1-2.        

And,  numerous people have wondered why the HSR tracks could not run in between the current CSX or NS lines and Capital Boulevard.  Or for that matter, from Wake Forest Road right up Capital Boulevard to Downtown.          

Have ideas? Let’s hear them! 


Entry filed under: City Council, High Speed Rail, NC DOT, NC3, SEHSR.

Pledge from NCDOT – Aug 31st, 2010 *** City Council Meeting TODAY 1:00 ***

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. chrisandjada  |  September 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Is anyone as confused as I am? Between this site and the Five Points CAC one, I can’t figure out what deadline is which. An architect just submitted her new rail idea, complete with drawings, to the City Council and the 5 Points CAC today. I thought the deadline was over…….

  • 2. Cynthia Parker  |  September 11, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I was so excited to hear this at the meeting and what a nice rendering. Seems to solve elevation, turn degree, road closure issues for NC1,2 and 3, and neighborhood negatives of NC3, all in one. I ure hope NCDOT doesn’t RAILROAD a NO on this before our heads can turn like they did a slightly diff proposal earlier.


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