The NCDOT’s Rail Corridor Preservation Policy allows encroachments that are compatible with the eventual return of the corridors to active rail or other transportation use. Encroachments are documented in the form of an encroachment agreement between the Department and the agreement applicant.
Typical encroachments include utilities such as water, sewer, power and communications lines, and connections to NCDOT’s rail corridors that are used as trails such as the American Tobacco Trail.
To obtain an encroachment agreement, the applicant must submit a complete application with plans showing the encroachment. Details for plan requirements are below. NCDOT Rail division will review the application and plans, determine whether the encroachment will be allowed, and assess a fee, if applicable.
Performance and indemnity bonds may be required from the applicant for construction on the railroad corridor right of way. The Rail Division will follow the bond requirement guidelines used by the Division of Highways as stated in the Policies and Procedures for Accommodating Utilities on Highway Rights-of-Way when requiring a bond.