Porta-Jon Restored at Fayetteville Road Trailhead

TRTC has arranged for a porta-jon for ATT users at Fayetteville Road for 16 weeks. The unit was put in service on July 29th and will be in place through November 17th. If funds are available, we plan to re-start this service in March 2014.

Completion and Opening Event for I-40 Bridge and Phase E Section of the ATT Delayed

Durham's contractor, Blythe construction, is dealing with issues relating to completing the bridge and the construction of the short trail section to be built alongside Massey Chapel Road. Durham now projects (weather permitting) that the bridge should be completed by mid to late August and the section along Massey Chapel by the end of September. With these changes to the project's completion, a new date for the Grand Opening has been set: It will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Streets of Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville St. in the Parking Lot Behind Southpoint Cinemas. See PDF showing the designated area: http://www.triangletrails.org/pdfs/SetUpMap.pdf
Planning for this event is continuing and will include short presentations by Durham's Mayor Bill Bell, Congressman David Price and others who have had a role in building and requesting funds for Phase E. Refreshments and information tables are planned as well as trail walks and bicycle rides (weather permitting). Check back here in September for more details on specific activities.

Bike Ped Funding at Risk in NC

The NC Senate’s proposed transportation budget eliminates $1.2 million in state matching funds for bike/ped programs resulting in a loss of $4.5 million in federal funds - A Total impact of $5.7 million. Although the Senate budget proposal includes language that gives local governments the flexibility to use their Powell Bill funds (generally used only for local road maintenance) as match, under the new Strategic Mobility Formula, Divisions will actually see less Powell Bill funds and therefore are unlikely to use these funds for bike/ped projects when their roadway needs will be far greater. Action Needed: Restore the $1.2 million in state matching funds to enable the most advantageous federal match and more beneficial use of the state funding.

Rail trails and many greenways in North Carolina have benefitted from Bike/Ped funding over the years. The current legislative session will be ending later in June and votes on these budget issues will be coming up soon. If you would like to contact your State representative(s) please use the link below to find out who represents you: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

New Greenway Links Cary to Raleigh

White Oak at NC 540

A new link in Cary’s greenway opens a new region for cycling and walking. With a final half-mile stretch and a footbridge recently completed, the Black Creek Greenway officially runs from Bond Park in western Cary to Umstead State Park, the huge natural area in western Raleigh. From there, a 5-mile gravel path connects to Raleigh’s greenway network. There are no plans for a paved connection between the two municipalities. Though the 5-mile connection through Umstead is unpaved, it’s open to bicycles and pedestrians. The White Oak Creek Greenway (in image above), along with the Black Creek Greenway are regional greenways which link within Bond Park. When completed, these two trails will extend a distance of over 15 miles and connect the American Tobacco Trail, Bond Park, Lake Crabtree County Park and Umstead State Park. When Cary's White Oak Greenway is finished about 2017, Cary residents may go as far as Durham on greenways.
White Oak Creek Greenway reopened in April 2013 and consists of several segments of trail which extend from Bond Park to Green Level Church Road, an overall distance of 5.07 miles. For more on these developments see recent News & Observer article: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/19/2904485/new-greenway-links-cary-t...

I-40 Bridge Span Installed

The initial portion of the ATT bridge over I-40 was installed overnight on April 27-28. I-40 was closed and detoured for about 8 hours and the installation went as planned. See picture of the span above. For other photos and information about the event please see the ATT Construction portion http://www.triangletrails.org/gallery/att of our Gallery and an article in the News and Observer http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/28/2856674/midnight-crews-install-am...

Fountain at Pittard Sears is Operational

Wheel Stops at Pittard Sears

At long last, the water fountain at the Pittard Sears Road parking area is operating and being used (see image in previous article). With the cool weather in March, we decided to hold up on connecting it up a couple of weeks to be sure there would be no freezing problems. We're still finishing work to refill and smooth over the trench line and to re-grade the area around the water meter. The Town of Cary put up a nice "Water Fountain" sign on the trail earlier this week. We also installed concrete wheel stops this weekend.

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