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Fourth Workday at the Eagle Spur Trail--May 14th

We had another productive Eagle Spur workday on March 26th and got a lot accomplished. A little over a mile of the trail is now much wider and our future efforts will focus on the final 1.3 miles. However thanks to the recent high lake levels and the amount of time since we performed major maintenance we still have a lot to do. We could definitely use a LOT more "hands" to help out on May 14th. The Eagle Spur is the remnant of the original rail grade that was abandoned with the construction of Jordan Lake and runs from Stagecoach Road 2.3 miles to the lake. The land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the Wildlife Resources Commission. Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has taken the responsibility for maintaining the trail. See map from our site Eagle Spur

If you have hiked the Eagle Spur recently you will have noticed several washed out drainage culverts that are blocking access to the end of the trail if the lake level is up even slightly from normal pool level, which has happened a lot lately. We have plans to replace these culverts. The replacement culverts are about 3 feet in diameter and 20 feet long and weigh about 350 pounds each. These will have to come in via Stagecoach Rd. on a trailer.

However, before we can think about moving the replacement culvert pipe we need to re-establish a suitable working width of the corridor to accommodate the trailer. In a lot of places the trail is only single-track thanks to the growth of a lot of "dog-hair" saplings. The current work efforts are focused on clearing these saplings and widening the trail. This is the same type of work that we did when we did the clearing of the American Tobacco Trail in Chatham and Durham Counties 10 to 15 years ago. Tasks for this workday will include cutting saplings, brush, and vines and removing them from the trail. The recent high lake levels also floated a fair amount of logs and similar debris that has to be cut up and removed from the trail. If you happen to hate seeing trash and litter in the woods, we'll have trash bags and you can have all of the job security you want! No experience or special skills are required. We provide on the job training! About all you need is regular hiking attire, water (it is likely to be warm) and full fingered work gloves. If you happen to have loppers, a bow saw or metal garden rake please bring them. If not we will probably have enough to share. Steve Lund, our Workday Coordinator, will be bringing a chain saw to cut up the larger pieces.

If you would like to come and join the party to help out please contact Steve Lund at slund348@pobox.com. This will give Steve an approximate headcount so he can plan tasks and work assignments. He will be sending an email out a few days prior to the workday to those responding that has further details and meeting location and start time, parking, etc. Thanks,

Fountain at Pittard Sears Open for the Season

Fountain at Pittard Sears Trailhead

ENJOY!!

End of 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 look at our 2015 End-of-Year Letter to see some of our more recent accomplishments.

Fountan at Pittard Sears Closed for the Winter

With sub-freezing nights coming very soon we shut off the water at Pittard Sears on 11/20 for the season. Re-opening should occur in late March after sub-freezing nights are out of the forecasts. Since we installed it in April 2013 water usage has increased each year and indicates that this has been a popular and well used service for trail users. From anecdotal reports we understand that a number of runners starting in Cary have structured their longer runs so as to use the fountain as a turn around point.

Center Line Dashed Markings In Place on Paved Section in Chatham

ATT near O'Kelly Chapel Road showing new striping

After over a year of discussions with staff from the Town of Cary and Chatham County, TRTC's advocacy efforts were accepted and yellow dashes marking the trail's center line were put down by our contractor today. Our goal for these dashes is to provide trail users with a gentle reminder to generally keep right and ride or walk no more than two abreast. We believe most users will appreciate these efforts to improve safety on the trail for all types of users.
Our Conservancy now has two vacancies on the Board and would welcome anyone interested in our group to attend our next Board meeting on December 7th. We'll be meeting at 7:30 at the Clubhouse in Woodcroft (very near the trail)

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Stronger Pedestrian Signs Installed at O'Kelly Chapel Crossing

New Pedestrian Signs at O'Kelly Chapel Crossing

As additional action from the monitoring of trail users and vehicles done this past May, the District DOT staff has installed signs to remind motorists that they are obligated to yield to pedestrians. These are regulatory signs and motorists not yielding can be ticketed. We are exploring ways to get transportation improvement funding for user activated flashing signal lights for this crossing through Chatham County. Stay tuned, this may not be a quick process.
Mid-November Update: No success in finding resources for the lights this year. The project is now included in Chatham's planning process as an effort to be seriously considered for funding by the Chatham Commissioners in 2016.

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