Raleigh to Richmond (R2R) Railway

North Carolina Department of Transportation | Multiple Cities, NC

Benesch’s Railroad Division was selected by the North Carolina DOT Rail Division to provide program-level GEC design oversight for all North Carolina work along the Southeast High-Speed Rail S-Line Raleigh-to-Richmond (R2R) Corridor.

The overall 162-mile R2R rail corridor is a critical segment of the federally designated Southeast Corridor, which stretches all the way to Tampa, FL. Connecting and restoring passenger service between Raleigh and Richmond would improve safety, mobility and connectivity for rail passengers and freight, as well as provide alternatives to highway congestion on I-85 and I-95. The R2R project will generally follow the CSX S-Line, portions of which are out of service. Upgrades will be made to the existing line to allow 110 mph trains over the more direct route. Improvements to existing stations in Raleigh, Cary and Durham are also planned, as well as a new station in Hillsborough and potentially others.

Benesch supported NCDOT rail by supporting design scope development for the assignment segments, corridor Basis of Design (BOD) report, design schedule utilizing PDN guidelines, reviewing Quality Management Plans, technical submission design reviews and coordination with the various rail design teams, roadway GESC teams, technical units and overall corridor stakeholders.