Bike Ped Funding at Risk in NC

The NC Senate’s proposed transportation budget eliminates $1.2 million in state matching funds for bike/ped programs resulting in a loss of $4.5 million in federal funds - A Total impact of $5.7 million. Although the Senate budget proposal includes language that gives local governments the flexibility to use their Powell Bill funds (generally used only for local road maintenance) as match, under the new Strategic Mobility Formula, Divisions will actually see less Powell Bill funds and therefore are unlikely to use these funds for bike/ped projects when their roadway needs will be far greater. Action Needed: Restore the $1.2 million in state matching funds to enable the most advantageous federal match and more beneficial use of the state funding.

Rail trails and many greenways in North Carolina have benefitted from Bike/Ped funding over the years. The current legislative session will be ending later in June and votes on these budget issues will be coming up soon. If you would like to contact your State representative(s) please use the link below to find out who represents you: http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx

New Greenway Links Cary to Raleigh

Section of Black Creek Greenway, Cary NC

A new link in Cary’s greenway opens a new region for cycling and walking. With a final half-mile stretch and a footbridge recently completed, the Black Creek Greenway officially runs from Bond Park in western Cary to Umstead State Park, the huge natural area in western Raleigh. From there, a 5-mile gravel path connects to Raleigh’s greenway network. There are no plans for a paved connection between the two municipalities. Though the 5-mile connection through Umstead is unpaved, it’s open to bicycles and pedestrians. The White Oak Creek Greenway (in image above), along with the Black Creek Greenway are regional greenways which link within Bond Park. When completed, these two trails will extend a distance of over 15 miles and connect the American Tobacco Trail, Bond Park, Lake Crabtree County Park and Umstead State Park. When Cary's White Oak Greenway is finished about 2017, Cary residents may go as far as Durham on greenways.
White Oak Creek Greenway reopened in April 2013 and consists of several segments of trail which extend from Bond Park to Green Level Church Road, an overall distance of 5.07 miles. Cary's Parks and Rec. web site has a useful map http://www.townofcary.org/Departments/Parks__Recreation___Cultural_Resou... to guide you to access points. For more on these developments see recent News & Observer article: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/19/2904485/new-greenway-links-cary-t...

I-40 Bridge Span Installed

Span of new I-40 bridge--April 2013

The initial portion of the ATT bridge over I-40 was installed overnight on April 27-28. I-40 was closed and detoured for about 8 hours and the installation went as planned. See picture of the span above. For other photos and information about the event please see the ATT Construction portion http://www.triangletrails.org/gallery/att of our Gallery and an article in the News and Observer http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/28/2856674/midnight-crews-install-am...

Fountain at Pittard Sears is Operational

Wheel stops at Pittard Sears lot on the ATT

At long last, the water fountain at the Pittard Sears Road parking area is operating and being used (see image in previous article). With the cool weather in March, we decided to hold up on connecting it up a couple of weeks to be sure there would be no freezing problems. We're still finishing work to refill and smooth over the trench line and to re-grade the area around the water meter. The Town of Cary put up a nice "Water Fountain" sign on the trail earlier this week. We also installed concrete wheel stops this weekend.

Cary Partners with TRTC on Tap-in Fee for Fountain

Water fountain on pad at Pittard Sears lot on the ATT

On February 13th Cary's Town Council voted to approve funding of $1350 towards the cost of the tap-in fee to the water line at Pittard Sears road. This represents 50% of this fee and our Board certainly appreciates this fine support from the Council. With Winter and sub-freezing temperatures almost over, we hope to get the connection and water meter installed by early in March. We installed the concrete slab for the fountain in December but will still need to put in a smaller slab for a back flow device before we lay in the water line. Look for the fountain to be open for trail users by the first week in April. 3/24 Update: The meter was installed on March 11th and we have mounted the fountain on the slab (see above pic). We're planning to re-open the trench this week and soon thereafter to lay in the line and get it connected.

Surveillance Camera Installed on ATT

The City of Durham has partnered with Capital Broadcasting to install the initial camera of what is planned to be a network of multiple cameras on the initial four miles of the trail south of the DBAP. This initial camera will be evaluated over the next few weeks with plans to install several more over the next year or so. A recent article in Durham's Herald-Sun http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x2029062724/American-Tobacco-Trail-gets-se... has some of the particulars on these plans. This is a great first step in putting in place a new security feature for the ATT and will complement efforts done with the four wheel security carts and Volunteer Patrols.

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