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The state Department of Transportation Rail Division says it will hold three public meetings in Durham between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1 to discuss the possibility of closing some rail crossings in the city. [CORRECTION to earlier version of this post: NCDOT has retracted an erroneous announcement that it had recommended closing 18 crossings.]
Studies are under way to examine the 18 streets that cross railroad tracks between Neal Road in west Durham and Cornwallis Road near Research Triangle Park.
The workshops will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at these locations:
* Monday, Nov. 28: Durham Armory, 212 Foster Street, for downtown crossings between Gregson Street and Driver Street.
* Tuesday, Nov. 29: Trinity Ballroom, Hilton Durham, 3800 Hillsborough Road, for crossings in west Durham between Neal Road and Buchanan Boulevard.
* Thursday, Dec. 1: NC Biotechnology Center, Hamner Conference Center - Glaxo Galleria, 15 T.W. Alexander Drive in RTP, for closings in eastern Durham between Ellis and Cornwallis Roads.
When DOT closes a street that crosses railroad tracks, it either turns the street into a dead end or builds a bridge to run the street over or under the tracks. DOT officials said no decisions have been made yet on whether to recommend that any crossings be closed.