WRAL Video on the American Tobacco Trail

Recently WRAL's Bill Leslie pulled together a really nice video depicting the serenity which many users find on the ATT and how using the trail effects their daily routines. The video only runs a few minutes, so check it out at this link: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/video/11314520/#/vid11314520

Pass with Care Signs Installed on ATT in Durham

TRTC has installed Pass with Care signs at 6 locations on the ATT north of Highway 54 (Near Dunhill Drive, near Summit Station, 2 near Solite Park, near Lawson Street and near Enterprise Street). These signs are similar to those installed by Cary on the Chatham section. Pictured is the new sign at Enterprise Street just south of the DBAP. After completion of Phase E, we plan to install four to six more signs south of NC 54.

Construction Starting on Final Phase of ATT

On May 20 Durham announced that Blythe Construction will begin work on the $7.7 million Phase E Project on June 11th. The final contract calls for completion of all work in 395 days. The section from Renaissance Parkway to the Chatham County line is scheduled to be completed in early March of 2013. We have not seen a timeline for the installation and completion of the bike/ped bridge over I-40 but all Phase E work is to be done by July 2013.
Durham has announced that the current dirt surface trail from Massey Chapel Road to the Chatham County line south of Scott-King Road will be closed to users soon after June 11th. The Fayetteville Road Trailhead lot may be used as a staging area by the contractor for the duration of the project and thus be closed for parking. The porta-john provided by TRTC was removed on June 4th. We've received many thank-yous for providing this service to trail users and we hope to restore porta-john service to this location after this trailhead re-opens, hopefully by ~April 2013. To keep up with specific events, trail closure dates, and progress please visit http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/pwd/consproj/Pages/SW-24-ATT.aspx/ periodically. During construction trail users wanting to connect to or from the sections in Chatham and Wake Counties may want to look at this detour routing posted on Map My Rides http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/73395606/

Preservation Durham Leading Efforts on The Durham Beltline

Map of proposed Durham Beltline

Preservation Durham announced its 2012 Places in Peril list at its annual meeting Wednesday (May 16th) at Pop’s, the third year it has designated historic Durham properties with perilous futures. Six places are on the list, from a downtown railway to a rural farmstead. The 2.2 mile railway corridor known locally as the Durham Beltline, has not seen rail use in several years but still has tracks and is owned by Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC). The City of Durham attempted to buy the corridor from NSC in 2005 and as recently as late 2011 held discussions with them on purchase/lease options but the two groups are far apart on price. The Beltline would make a fine rail-trail and could connect to the City's greenway system. TRTC, North Carolina Rail-Trails and the Durham Open Space and Trails Committee have been involved in advocacy for this acquisition and will continue to work with other partners such as Preservation Durham on trying to raise awareness and public interest on this project.

New Interim Parking Opened At New Hope Church Road

Cary has finished the trail repairs south of New Hope Church Road and has now opened an area just east of the ATT for parking by ATT users. This is not a large area but should accommodate ~16 vehicles. Cary has allocated funding for a larger, permanent lot on New Hope Church Road to be constructed in 2013.

Tobacco Road Marathon Again Donates to TRTC for ATT Support

Once again, TRTC has received a generous donation from the Tobacco Road Marathon. These funds will be used for a number of ATT projects over the next year and allow us to continue our trail maintenance efforts. In recent years funds like these have enabled us to build connector trails at Lawson Street and at Herndon Park and to continue our efforts to improve signage, provide mowing and surface repairs on the southern Durham County section of the trail and to pay rentals for the porta-john at the Fayetteville Road trailhead. In 2012 we will be developing a parking lot at the Pittard-Sears crossing in Chatham County and continue our maintenance of the southern Durham section until it is closed for Phase E construction.

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