GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A big traffic relief is on the way: the CSX rail yard will soon be moving out of downtown Greenville.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is moving the rail yard from its current location, off Arlington Boulevard, to a spot on the outskirts of Greenville. Mayor Allen Thomas told NewsChannel 12 this will end 90 percent of the traffic in the area.
"We've talked about this for so long," said Thomas. "I'm glad to be the caboose, so to speak, on getting this done. Mid-May, the employees move out to the new switch station out on Stanton Mill Road, near Bethel, and in mid-June, they move the entire switch operation out to the outer part of Pitt county."
According to the NC DOT, about 50,000 drivers cross the tracks at Arlington Boulevard and at 14th Street every day. However, the traffic comes to a halt at about 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Danny Bunting told NewsChannel 12 he's happy that the CSX rail yard will soon be at a different location.
"Thank goodness, what a relief," said Bunting. "It will alleviate a lot of traffic. We'll be able to get through here during the 5 o'clock. It'll just make things so much easier."
According to the NC DOT, the project costs about $6.1 million.