Office of Public Affairs
DURHAM, NC 27701
News Release
For Details, Contact:
Amy Blalock
Sr. Public Affairs Specialist
(919) 560-4123 x 11253
(919) 475-7735 (cell)
For Immediate Release: April 26, 2012

Durham Hosts Meetings about American Tobacco Trail and Bridge Project

Portion of American Tobacco Trail to Close for Approximately 13 Months

DURHAM, N.C. — Durham residents interested in how the upgrades and construction on the AmericanTobacco Trail and Bridge from N.C. Highway 54 to the Chatham County line will alter their exercise, recreation, and travel should plan to attend one of the three public information meetings scheduled in May 2012.
The City of Durham Public Works Department is hosting public information meetings to discuss the project timelines and answer questions that residents may have about the project. Three community meetings are scheduled as follows:
Monday, May 14, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
8306 N.C. Highway 751, Durham
Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Triangle Presbyterian Church Gymnasium
5001 Tudor Place, Durham
Thursday, May 17, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Durham City Hall, Second Floor Committee Room
101 City Hall Plaza, Durham
The project, which will begin June 2012 and end July 2013, 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. During this improvement project, the trail will be closed from N.C. Highway 54 southward to the Chatham County line. In addition, trail parking on Fayetteville Road near New Hope Church will be closed for the duration of the project. These closings are for public safety while the City contractors work on the trail.
For information about the American Tobacco Trail and Bridge project, visit or contact Ed Venable, civil engineer with the City’s Public Works Department, by email at or at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30223.
A person with a disability may receive an auxiliary aid or service to effectively participate in this meeting by contacting the ADA Coordinator at (919) 560-4197, by TTY at (919) 560-1200, or, as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the meeting date.
About the Public Works Department
The City of Durham Public Works Department provides a wide range of services, including street maintenance, engineering design, de velopment review, and stormwater quality and infrastructure maintenance. The department also oversees street resurfacing and sidewalk projects. The department plans and executes the City’s winter weather and natural disaster plans. Public Works serves as a steward of the City’s physical assets and ensures that residents live in a safe, secure and thriving community. For more information about the Public Works Department, visit the City’s websiteat