Thursday, May 31, 2012

American Tobacco Trail Construction Update

I just got this e-mail in my neighborhood list-serv and wanted to pass the information along to everyone.  It's too bad that the Southern part of the Tobacco Trail will be closed for that long, but I can't wait to have that bridge over I-40!

Southern Portion of Durham American Tobacco Trail to Close June 11
Trail Under Construction from N.C. Highway 54 to Chatham County Line for Approximately 13 Months

DURHAM, N.C. — Durham’s American Tobacco Trail users should take note that beginning June 11 the trail will close between N.C. Highway 54 southward to the Chatham County line for a 13-month period. In addition, trail parking on Fayetteville Road near New Hope Church will be closed for the duration of the project.

The existing trail from Renaissance Parkway to the Chatham County line will reopen by March 2013, while the new trail from N.C. Highway 54 to Renaissance Parkway and the bridge construction is scheduled to be completed by July 2013. The trail is closing to ensure public safety during this construction project and American Tobacco Trail users should note that the trail will not be passable during this period.

“The American Tobacco Trail spans 22 miles across three counties and this project will complete the missing links of this important transportation corridor as well as improve users’ access and connectivity,” said Ed Venable, contracting manager with the City’s Public Works Department. “In order to get this project done as quickly, efficiently, and economically as possible, we must close the entire portion of the trail.”

The project includes paving a 10 foot-wide asphalt path on 2.8 miles of existing trail; installing 1.4 miles of new trail, and installing a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Interstate 40.

For information about the American Tobacco Trail and Bridge project, visit or contact Venable by email at or at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30233.

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