High-speed rail update on Tier II study, meeting with public

On a rainy Tuesday night last week, the Southeast High Speed Rail (SEHSR) briefing took place on the county complex in Chesterfield. The School Board, Proffer Committee and the Ettrick/VSU revitalization meetings were also held on Tuesday, yet the SEHSR briefing attracted about 130 participants alone.

Those who attended were able to see Tier II plans of the added high-speed track and new rail crossings at six locations adjacent the CSX rail line as it passes through Chesterfield. The rail crossings will not be at grade but will go under the tracks or be bridged over the tracks and in the case of Centralia Road, a viaduct of sorts will take vehicles up and over the railroad tracks and Chester Road and then loop back around to Chester Road again.

Crossings will be closed or rebuilt at Station Road, Chester Road, Hopkins Road, Centralia Road, Curtis Street, West Street (with a pedestrian only bridge crossing), Woods Edge Road, Walthall Industrial Parkway and Pine Forest Drive in Chesterfield County.

“I still have concerns about the Centralia and Chester roads intersection,” said Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle. “When you look at that design and that big road flyover it changes the whole terrain and the whole character of that area.”

Ms. Jaeckle said she was also concerned that if the project was not built for 20 or 30 years that the property owners in the new rail right-of-way would lose value in the property because of the uncertain aspect of the project.

The Richmond to Raleigh, N.C. rail project has received new support from the state transportation plan and SEHSR last week’s update will be followed by the completion of the Tier II study in early 2014 and public hearings in the summer of 2014.

SEHSR also briefed the Board of Supervisors during their  Wednesday meeting. For information and maps of the crossings go to sehsr.org.


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