Grant for ATT Connector Project in Durham Approved

In September 2009, TRTC was notified that it's Adopt-A-Trail grant application to grade and pave a short connector to the ATT has been approved. Funding for this program was put on hold this Summer but we now expect to receive our contract by mid-October. With this grant, some donated materials and lots of volunteer efforts we plan to widen, grade and pave a 115' trail from the ATT to Lawson Street. Residents of the nearby Southside area of Durham have been interested in having this improved access to the ATT for some time and will assist us in upcoming workdays over the next few months.

Initial Phase of Deep River Rail Trail Opened

On September 19th local and state officials, volunteers and many from the Deep River Steering Committee participated in opening the initial .75 miles of the planned 18 mile Deep-River rail-trail. About 60 people attended the ribbon cutting in Franklinville including NC Secretary of Commerce, Keith Crisco. The planned trail will eventually connect Ramseur, Franklinville and Cedar Falls. This initial section is 8' feet wide and has a granite screenings surface over a stabilizing geo-textile material. TRTC has participated in several workdays at Deep River and will be involved when resources for the next phase are obtained. For pictures and descriptions of the Deep River Trail please see the the map and their Concept Brochure.
Please see the Fall 2009 Little Toot for opening pictures and notes on plans for the trail.

Construction Pictures of Chatham Section of ATT

Work is moving well on the trail in Chatham. Screenings have been applied from the Wake County line to New Hope Church Road. Progress on both bridges is going well. New images of recent construction were added to the ATT photo gallery on July 27th.

Please Remember--this section is still a construction area and is not open for use. Current estimates call for construction on the Chatham section to be completed by late December 2009.

Rendering of I-40 Bridge Now Available

The City of Durham has made available an image showing how the proposed bridge might look when in place spanning the highway. See our ATT page for a link. Bull City Rising offers some interesting background on the project.

Durham Trailhead Transferred to City of Durham

After numerous delays, the City of Durham has acquired the Fayetteville Road Trailhead from the Triangle Greenways Council. For the near future, TRTC will continue its periodic mowing and other maintenance of the trailhead. Trailhead users may notice a new drainage grate which we installed in May 2009 at the top of the connector trail.

Durham Detours Portion of American Tobacco Trail for Bridge Demolition--May & June 2009

Users of Durham’s American Tobacco Trail should take note of a temporary detour to accommodate the Apex Street Bridge demolition work that is now underway.

The City of Durham’s Department of Public Works is beginning the next step in completing a new trail connection from the Southside/St. Theresa Neighborhood to the American Tobacco Trail. The demolition of the Apex Street Bridge is the second component of the project and will take place over the next few weeks. The first step in the project has been completed with the construction of a new ramp connecting the American Tobacco Trail to Apex Street. Due to the bridge demolition, a detour of the American Tobacco Trail is required between West Enterprise Street and Apex Street and began on May 27, 2009. The detour will remain in place for approximately four weeks.

Users of the American Tobacco Trail should note that the trail will not be passable from West Enterprise Street south to Apex Street during this period and they will be required to use a detour. American Tobacco Trail traffic between Apex Street and West Enterprise Street will be diverted from the trail to Fargo Street. The newly constructed ramp will serve as an access point for the detour. Signage providing directions to the detour will be posted on the trail.
For additional information regarding this project, including a map of this scheduled detour, visit the City's web site or contact Kyle Butler, civil engineer with the City’s Department of Public Works, at (919) 560-4326 or via e-mail at


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