I received this email from the Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy a few days ago.  This is some very good news, especially for those of us in south Durham that use the American Tobacco Trail.

Hi Friends and Volunteers of the American Tobacco Trail,

I apologize if you receive this message multiple times.

American Tobacco Trail Construction in Chatham County to start Monday September 8

Please read the message from Joe Godfrey, Senior Park Planner for the Town of Cary below:


I am pleased to inform you that the Town of Cary will be issuing Holmes Contracting, Inc. a Notice To Proceed with the construction of the Chatham County segment of the American Tobacco Trail. We anticipate beginning construction on September 8, 2008 and completing the project in June, 2009.

As you know the project consists of the construction of a 4.68-mile long multi-use trail with two typical sections as follows: beginning at the Wake-Chatham County line and continuing to the south side of New Hope Church Road, the first section of the trail shall consist of a 12-foot wide granite screenings surface. The second section of the trail shall consist of a 10-foot wide asphalt surface and an adjacent 6-foot wide crushed stone surface from the north side of New Hope Church Road to the terminus of the project at the Chatham-Durham County line. The Project also includes the renovation of two wooden bridge structures, 157 and 170 feet long.

We anticipate that the project will be constructed in 4 sections which are listed below. The contractor will begin with the Wake-Chatham Co. Line to New Hope Church Road section.

  1. Wake- Chatham Co. Line to New Hope Church Road
  2. New Hope Church Road to Pittard Sears Road
  3. Pittard Sears Road to O’Kelly Chapel Road
  4. O’Kelly Chapel Road to Chatham – Durham Co. Line

Please forward this email to any user groups that I may have missed.

Thanks, Joe

Joe Godfrey, RLA
Senior Park Planner
Town of Cary
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
PO Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
Ph:   (919) 462-3863
Fax: (919) 469-4344
Email: joe.godfrey@townofcary.org

This is Great News!

This means that the American Tobacco Trail will be closed for use in the construction zones, with the first phase from the Chatham-Wake County line, north to New Hope Church Road and from New Hope Church Road to Panther Creek starting this coming Monday, September 8. We understand that the bridge contractor will be using the trail to access and construct the Panther Creek bridge first. After completion of Panther Creek, they will construct the Northeast Creek bridge.

The ATT access from Scott King Road south to Northeast Creek, and O’Kelly Chapel Road north to Northeast Creek, will continue to be open for use for the next several months. However, those sections will be closed when construction gets underway for them.

For your own safety and the safety of your loved ones, please DO NOT USE the American Tobacco Trail while and where it is under construction. The ATT will be very much off-limits while construction machinery is in place and in use.

If you see construction machinery working on the trail – turn around. Please do not attempt to ride or walk through the construction zone.

The trail will be torn up quite a bit during construction, so it won’t be a very nice place to walk or ride anyway. Please stay off the trail in construction zones.

Please Read and Heed construction area signs for your own safety.

Again, the ATT will be under construction in Chatham County starting this Monday, September 8. Please stay off the trail in construction zones. Please heed signs, notices and any instruction or directions by construction staff for your own safety.

For further information, please contact Joe Godfrey at his number above. You can also contact me for more information if you like. But I’ll defer to Joe if I’m at all unsure of the answer. We’ll periodically post updates on this list as construction progresses.

Keep in mind that 6.3 miles of the ATT is open in Wake County, and 6.5 miles, plus an additional 3 miles are open in Durham. There are over 80 miles (very rough guess) of trails and greenways in the Triangle, plus hundreds of miles of bike lanes. Thus, there are a lot of places to walk or ride while ATT construction is happening!

Thank you for your continuing support for the American Tobacco Trail.

Permission is given to share and post this with other lists andorganizations.

Happy Trails,

Bill Bussey and Dan Clever
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
919 545-9104