Closing and rebuilding some of Durham’s grade crossings might give the city some leverage to get Norfolk Southern Railroad to drop its price for the Duke Beltline.
The Traffic Separation Study, which recommends some closings and reconstructions along the rail line through Durham County, came up at the City Council work session Thursday afternoon. Wes Parham with the city transportation office mentioned that Norfolk Southern would really prefer there being no grade crossings left at all.
“We as a community also have desires,” said Councilman Steve Schewel. “Norfolk Southern has control of the Duke Beltline. …
“So, I would be reluctant to approve some of these things without some discussion with Norfolk Southern about our community’s desires as well as their desires,” Schewel said. “This needs to be a mutually beneficial relationship.”