First Workday on Culvert Repairs at the Eagle Spur Trail

On January 21st ~16 volunteers gave us great efforts to move 3 large plastic culverts about 3/4 of a mile to spots at the southern end of the trail. Over the next few months we plan to hold several workdays to install them as replacements for 40+ year old metal culverts which have failed. Putting them in will involve lots of digging to say the least. To find out more about this project and how to volunteer please see our Recruitment Flyer

Interesting Article on How Trails Improve Both People's Health and Community Health

End of the Year Message from TRTC

We've been active on some trail safety projects and continued our efforts to provide up to date ATT maps and amenities such as our fountain at Pittard Sears and Porta Jon at Scott King. We hope you appreciate these efforts. Give us a wave when you see our volunteers doing maintenance on the ATT. Please take a few minutes to see what we have done this year and our plans for 2017 in this 2016 MESSAGE

Our Fountain at Pittard Sears Road Closed for the Winter

Fountain at Pittard Sears wrapped up for the winter.

Much colder weather is in the forecast so we shut off and drained the fountain on December 2nd. These newer fountains use lots of plastic parts that are proprietary, quite expensive and easily damaged by a hard freeze. We'll re-open it for the new season in late March. Although the fountains at New Hope Church Road are also closed for the winter, the restrooms there remain open and water from the sinks is still available.

Safety Improvements for O'Kelly Chapel Crossing

Signs installed on the ATT at O'Kelly Chapel Road in 2016

During 2016 TRTC has continued efforts to improve the safety at the very busy crossing at O'Kelly Chapel Road. In mid-May our funding resulted in the installation of 3 new signs at each side of the crossing to better alert trail users of actions required as they approach this road. (see image) The Town of Cary funded identical signs for the crossing at New Hope Church Road. In August our long-term advocacy with NC DOT resulted in a lowering of the enforceable speed limit from 50 to 45 mph. As a result of this change and the added pedestrian signs installed in 2015, there are indications that through traffic may have slowed somewhat and more motorists are slowing or stopping as they pass through this crossing. DOT has also indicated they will be installing center line rumble strips at this crossing later this Fall.
We are still working with the Chatham County Commissioners to obtain funding for the installation of user-activated signal lights at O'Kelly. These would be large (~12" in diameter), amber lights similar to those used at school crossings which would flash only when activated by a trail user. Over the past year the Commissioners have indicated support for this improvement and are expected to decide on Bike/Ped projects to be funded at their December meeting.

Kiosk at Eagle Spur Trail

Kiosk at Eagle Spur Trail

As an Eagle Scout Project, Matthew Darby of Troop 402 in Durham, took the lead in planning, fund raising, building and installing an informational kiosk just south of Stagecoach Road on the Eagle Spur hiking trail. The kiosk includes a lockable case for information and over the next few weeks we'll be collecting and developing several pieces on the corridor's history, rules for hunting in this area, maps and other items of interest to trail users. TRTC has maintained this trail for over 15 years and provided a portion of the funding for this very nice amenity for trail users.

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