Winter Trail Clean-Up February 5

Harriet Sansone's volunteer group has scheduled a Winter Clean-up for Saturday, Feb 5th - lots of advance notice!
The group will meet at 9 am at the trailhead as it crosses Fayetteville Rd just north of Food Lion at 3022 Fayetteville Rd, Durham. Feel free to park in the Food Lion parking lot. They will provide snacks and water, and Durham Parks and Rec will provide all the equipment.
Please bring your kids, friends, and neighbors!
Here is the link to sign up (the link says fall cleanup, but it'll be the winter one!)

Upcoming ATT Workday in Durham --October 16, 2021

SO many of you have asked about the next Trail cleanup - so here is the info!
Sat, 10/16 - 9 am
Park on the side of Food Lion, 3022 Fayetteville St.
Meet at the Trailhead as it crosses Fayetteville about 25 yds up the street.
You don't need to bring ANYTHING except family and friends. All equipment is provided by Durham Parks and Rec = grabbers, trash bags, vests, gloves. I provide snacks and water.
Durham Parks and Rec asks us to sign up (for liability and to record volunteer hours - helps with grants, etc). You can sign up until 8 am that morning.
Here is the link: Sign-up Link

Workday at Eagle Spur Trail--October 18th 2020

Steve Lund is leading a workday on the Eagle Spur Trail, Sunday October 18th at 9:00 a.m. It's a concrete mixing and pouring party to anchor the first drainage culvert in position. Volunteers should plan to be out there for about 4 hours. We'll meet at the Colvard subdivision (on the west side of NC 751 in southern Durham County).
Steve's goals for this workday are:
1. Get the collars on culvert #2 poured.
2. Begin backfilling culvert #2 with locally obtained dirt. Please bring a shovel if you can.
Optional work if we have sufficient turnout:
1. Cut up and clear trees and logs from the trail.
2. Pick up and remove trash.
If interested, send an email to
The Eagle Spur is the original 1905 routing of today's ATT (before Jordan Lake was filled).

Good News on the Pipeline Proposal

It appears that the strong public reaction to Dominion's pipeline proposal and possibly other technical factors have prompted Dominion to rescind their request to use the ATT rail corridor for a new pipeline connector. NCDOT announced on June 2:
"The N.C. Department of Transportation learned yesterday that Dominion Energy has rescinded the request to utilize NCDOT right of way along the American Tobacco Trail for a pipeline. For additional information about Dominion Energy’s proposed pipeline, please contact Persida Montanez with Dominion Energy communications at "
Cary and Durham have been notified that Dominion will be evaluating other alignments over the next 60 days. After that is completed some form of public engagement will be scheduled.

Info on Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline on the ATT

Just over a week ago I was made aware that North Carolina's DOT has been working with Dominion Energy to allow the construction of a 12" diameter gas line using a portion of the ATT corridor from Morrisville Parkway to Scott King Road. This would be from ~mile post 16.2 to mile post 10, or about 6 miles. Dominion Energy has now received an easement on NC Rail Division right-of-way along the American Tobacco Trail. This was granted at a May 7th meeting of the North Carolina Board of Transportation. Dominion has not submitted any final plans and still needs to acquire all necessary permits, including one from the Army Corps of Engineers, which will include a public engagement process. Dominion has prepared a descriptive PDF of the project (as of March 2019). See the ATT Group Facebook page for a link to this file.
A construction start date and schedule has not been determined. Dominion has indicated they would like to break ground by September 2020. Permits from the City of Durham, the Town of Cary, the US Army Corps of Engineers and NC DEQ must be obtained first. These permits should specify conditions to minimize the environmental impact and how temporary closures or re-routes should be done. Slides in the project PDF indicate they plan to use property at the outside edge of the corridor and try to retain some portion of the existing trees closest to the trail.

As of May 24th, it is not too late to express your concerns on this. To be clear, the right of way has not been sold, the NC Board of Transportation only authorized DOT to provide a right of way easement. This was a necessary step in the process but Dominion must obtain numerous permits before the deal is done. DOT let it be known on May 22 they are reviewing what has been done to date by “executive leadership”. Dominion has indicated they are now planning to gather input from trail stakeholders in the next 6 to 8 weeks. The info our group and others have put out seems to be activating large #s of trail users and officials in Durham, Cary and Wake County to push back on why this route was selected as the best alternative and to demand that public input be set up for trail stakeholders. At this point the best source of digital info on this issue is the ATT Group Facebook page. Anyone can request membership. If you scan through the numerous posts you will see links to the emails at NCDOT. In addition your comments to City or town council representatives will be helpful as they begin their inquiries. Perhaps the best overall summary of the situation is the article by Lisa Sorg in NC Policy Watch. Stay tuned, there may be a time when petitions and other input may be useful. Feel free to pass this info along to other trail users you may know.

Upcoming Workday on Eagle Spur Trail

Eagle Spur Trail Workday, Saturday March 7th, 9:00 a.m. Steve Lund will lead a crew of volunteers to: 1. Cut up and remove logs and debris from the trail. 2. Pick up and remove trash. 3. Haul in Sakrete for the culvert project. 4. Remove any fallen trees from the corridor. To sign up, contact Steve: Steve will get back to you on meeting point, parking and other details. The Eagle Spur is an abandoned rail corridor in south Durham / north Chatham that leads from Stagecoach Rd to Jordan Lake. See our map

Follow-up: Our workday was a success, over 25 trash bags filled and a dozen trees cut up and removed. Weather permitting, we may do one more workday this Spring. If you think you may want to help out at upcoming Eagle Spur workdays please email Steve Lund at .


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