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.
I just got this in my e-mail. Apparently, there is a “Drop-in meeting” on the I-40 pedestrian bridge for the American Tobacco Trail on Wednesday, September 17 from 5-7pm. I won’t be able to go, unfortunately, but it looks like it doesn’t really matter as they’ve provided all the information in the letter. It looks like the really cool “cable stayed bridge” is going to lose out because they are afraid of trying something new (my opinion). In either case, it looks like they’re aiming to have the “Bid Phase” complete by December 2009 and construction complete by December 2010. So, there’s still 2 more years to go before we’ll be able to use this.
Anyway, here’s the link to the letter (in PDF format): ATT Meeting Summary
I went to the Obama rally at UNC last week and had a great time. Unfortunately, it went very late and I didn’t get to bed until 2am which wiped me out for basically the rest of the week. Obama is a fabulous orator and really knows how to work a crowd. As a Christian, I was a bit disappointed that the event started with an extremely long prayer. I’d much rather see him upholding separation of church and state. But, that’s not enough of an annoyance to make a big difference.
Last Tuesday evening, I went to the meeting about the future American Tobacco Trail bridge over I-40. Architecht/Engineer Steven Grover showed off a bunch of designs that were rejected and then 3 that were still in contention: a truss bridge like the one in Raleigh, an arched bridge, and a cabled stayed bridge that I really like. Everything on the cable stayed bridge evokes triangles and for a bridge in the heart of the Triangle I think it’s really appropriate. I hope that’s what we go for.
This weekend was the Strawberry Festival for Central Park School for Children. I spent the morning scooping strawberries onto shortcake and then wandered around with my son until heading home to change into a tuxedo and pick up my double bass for the Durham Symphony Orchestra concert at the farmer’s market at Durham Central Park. We had a very large crowd and except for a bit of wind had a good concert. I’m really looking forward to the fall when the symphony starts back up. We’ve got a good slate of guest conductors for the upcoming year and I’m really looking forward to see what they will do.
Tonight, I helped setup the polling place at the school of Science & Math. I’ll be there tomorrow from 6am until at least 7:30pm as an election judge. If you have already voted, great! If you have not, please make sure to go vote tomorrow. It doesn’t matter who you vote for, but please do go vote.
Assuming I’m not completely wiped tomorrow night, I’ll have more information about how tomorrow goes.
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.