TRTC Completes North to South Measurement of the ATT

On August 24th, a volunteer team lead by TRTC's Treasurer, Mike Forte, measured the entire ATT and posted markings at each mile and at each quarter mile. These new markings will allow trail markings on the entire ATT to be based on a single, unitary mileage scheme rather than the prior scheme in which Durham used a north to south scheme and Wake and Chatham employed a south to north scheme.
All miles have been marked with a nail, washer, surveyor's orange paint circle (except mile 0.0 designated with white), and the distance in white. All quarter miles are marked with a dot and the distance in white. The exception to this is in the southern most 8 miles where the surface is granite screening. This area was marked by a 1' wooden stake to the side of the trail with the distance written on it, top painted orange, and the nearest tree (if one was nearby) with a white mark for the quarter miles and a white and orange mark for the whole miles. The total distance from the Durham 0.0 marker to the Apex 0.0 marker is 21.09 miles making the Apex unofficial/official end 21.09 miles. Measuring to the trail head in Apex at the New Hill Olive Chapel Rd parking lot is a distance of 22.08 miles. From the Durham Ballpark to mile 6.5 our measurements were consistent with those done earlier by Durham. From this point south new trail markers reflecting the unitary mileage scheme will be installed by Durham, Cary Parks and Wake County Parks early in 2015.

Teen Arrested for Two Assaults on the ATT

The Durham police have a teen in custody for two assaults on the American Tobacco Trail.
Since the assaults, Durham police have increased patrols along the trail and are askng anyone on the Durham greenways to follow basic safety and crime prevention tips:

Call 911 to report suspicious activity.
Stay aware of surroundings at all times.
Walk in well-lit areas that are not isolated.
If being followed, get away fast, change directions and head toward a safe location.
Carry a personal alarm to deter potential attackers.
http://www.wral.com/durham-teen-arrested-in-two-american-tobacco-trail-a...

Urban Section of ATT to be Studied by Group Chaired by NC Rail-Trails

On March 25th a group consisting of trail advocates, Durham City and County Police, pastors, planners and others concerned with trail safety met at North Carolina Central Univ. to kick off a several month study of the views and perceptions of trail crime on the ATT from the DBAP to NC 54. Researchers from both NCCU and NCSU will be leading teams of grad students in conducting interviews and collecting survey data via questionnaires. Funding for the study was provided by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. TRTC will be represented on the group. We'll post any early findings here on our site over the next few months. The study is scheduled to be completed by November 2014. For more on this initial meeting please see this article from WUNC radio: http://wunc.org/post/how-dangerous-american-tobacco-trail-really

Bridge Over I-40 Open at Last!!

Efforts on the safety fencing, lights and drainage were completed in mid February and the bridge was opened to the public on February 19th. Since then bridge usage has been significant and was even seen as crowded at times this past weekend. Since the contractor still has a few minor items to complete on the trail (largely south of Massey Chapel Road) in the next couple of weeks, maintenance by Durham will probably not begin until late in March. A short Youtube video by ATT user Jon Parker shows some bridge views a few days after the opening.

Break-ins at ATT Trailheads !!!

Since early November, a number of automobile break-ins have been reported at the trailheads at Fayetteville Road in Durham , at the White Oak Church Road in Wake County and at the shoulder parking along Scott-King Road. Police from Durham and from Cary have investigated the incidents reported to them and we understand that surveillance at all three areas has been increased in the last 30 days. ATT users parking at these areas need to be aware of these occurrences and to try avoid leaving valuables in their cars while out on the trail. If you are at one of the ATT access points and see unusual activity or what appears to be a break-in, please do your part and call 911 as soon as you can and take note of any cars or persons at the area that do not appear to be there for use of the trail. For continuing user reports and commentary on this issue, please visit the ATT Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/43492943009/

Update on I-40 Bridge Background and Status

Bruce Siceloff, who writes the Road Worrior column for the News & Observer, has put together a nice summary of the various problems and delays encountered in constructing the ATT's I-40 bicycle and pedestrian bridge http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/12/23/3482682/road-worrier-durhams-i-40... . The replacement components for the bridge are expected to be received soon. Durham still has not set a firm date for completion of the bridge beyond the late January date referred to by Marvin Williams in an early December letter to the Durham News.

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