Durham Hosts Meetings about American Tobacco Trail and Bridge Project

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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 www.DurhamOperationGreenlight.org or contact Ed Venable, civil engineer with the City’s Public Works Department, by email at Ed.Venable@DurhamNC.gov 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 ADA@DurhamNC.gov, 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 http://DurhamNC.gov/ich/op/pwd.

American Tobacco Trail Bridge Finally Approved

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I’m almost recovered from my 20 hour day on election day and I’ll have more to say about that later (including pictures of lucky election day socks!), but I just wanted to quickly note that while I was going to bed early Monday night so I could get up early on election day the Durham City Council held a vote and unanimously approved building an arched bridge over I-40 for the American Tobacco Trail.  Personally, I’m disappointed that they didn’t go with the cable-stayed design as I thought it was much more striking and would made a fabulous “signature bridge” for our area.  But, regardless, I’m ecstatic that the process is finally moving forward and that the American Tobacco Trail will have a bridge over I-40 soon.  It’s about time.

American Tobacco Trail – Phase E Community Meeting – Trail Location

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The City of Durham is having another meeting on the Phase E part of the American Tobacco Trail, this time dealing with the trail itself, not the bridge.  Unfortunately, for me, they’re having it on a Wednesday which means I can’t go.  So, if anyone can go I’d love to hear what they say.  Here is the full email I received about the meeting:

The City of Durham, Department of Public Works, cordially invites you to attend an informational meeting to view the proposed trail location and characteristics for the planned extension of the American Tobacco Trail from NC54, crossing over I-40, and proceeding south to the Durham/Chatham County line. The trail and not the bridge will be the focus of this meeting.

Maps showing the proposed trail will be on display, and comment sheets will be available for attendees.  Our design professional and City staff will be on hand to answer questions concerning the proposed trail. We will post much of the meeting information on or before October 17 on our website at:  http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/works/project_am_tob_trail.cfm

Date:   Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Time:   7:00 to 9:00 PM
Place:  Durham City Hall, 1st Floor, Council Chambers

Should you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact Lee Murphy, PE, PLS, Special Projects Engineer, City of Durham at (919) 560-4326 ext. 230, or lee.murphy@durhamnc.gov.

American Tobacco Trail I-40 Bridge

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Following up on the previous planning meeting for designing the pedestrian bridge over I-40 for the American Tobacco Trail, it looks like there will be a new meeting on April 29 at 7pm in the 1st floor City Council Chambers at City Hall in Durham.  This is to discuss the concepts for the pedestrian bridge over I-40 for American Tobacco Trail – Phase E that will also include paving the ATT all the way to the Chatham county border.

I rode my bike from south Durham up to the first meeting and depending on my schedule I hope to go to this upcoming meeting.  I really want to see this bridge built as I think it will be very good for promoting bicycle and pedestrian travel between downtown and southern Durham.  There were quite a few people at the last meeting and I hope more people come to this one so that we show city leaders that this is an important project.

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