September 19 Project Status
The Crabtree Creek Greenway is now open! This 1.7 mile scenic route along the south shore of Lake Crabtree extends from Black Creek Greenway to Evans Road. West of Evans Road the trail connects to Morrisville’s 1.4 mile segment that currently ends to Cedar Forks District Park. There is a new pedestrian traffic signal at the Evans Road mid-block crossing activated by a pedestrian pushbutton at each side of the road. After pushing the button, wait for traffic to stop and the walk signal to show before starting to cross The vehicular signal will be dark until the button is pushed.
September 2018 Project Status
A new traffic signal is being installed on Evans Road for the Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail Crossing. The signal is designed to improve safety for trail users crossing this busy street. While Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons are perhaps new to drivers in Cary, they are a proven safety measure used across the country. This is the first one in Cary; there are several in use elsewhere in the Triangle.
August 2018 Project Status
The project is nearing completion, but the contractor is still working on final items. The trail remains closed for everyone’s safety until the contractor has finished construction and the Town accepts the completed project. We appreciate your patience while we all look forward to the opening of this spectacular section of trail. It’s worth the wait!
July 2018 Project Status
The project is nearing completion; the trail is paved, but the contractor is still putting the finishing touches on the project. The trail needs to remain closed for everyone’s safety until the contractor has finished construction and the Town accepts the completed project. Remaining work includes establishment of permanent seeding, installation of split rail fence, some remedial work to the bridges, and making the pedestrian signal at the Evans Road crossing operational.
May 2018 Project Status
Boardwalk construction is nearly complete. Trail construction is in progress.
February 2018 Project Status
The construction contract has been awarded to Fred Smith Company. The project scope includes precast concrete construction for the boardwalk across the Black Creek arm of Lake Crabtree.
All three bridges are now in place. Boardwalk construction across the Black Creek arm of Lake Crabtree is underway.
The Town of Cary’s Crabtree Creek Greenway project will add approximately 1.7 miles of 10-foot wide paved trail along the southern edge of Lake Crabtree, extending from the existing Black Creek Greenway (at Weston Parkway) along the lake shore and Evans Road towards the intersection of Evans Road and Aviation Parkway. Construction of this regionally critical trail will provide Cary residents with greenway access to multiple employment centers, shopping areas, parks and schools. The trail will offer both recreation amenities as well as a safe and efficient way to reduce motor vehicle trips.
The Town of Morrisville is concurrently planning a segment of Crabtree Creek trail starting at the Evans Road/Aviation Parkway intersection and extending 2.3 miles west to Davis Drive, where it will tie into an existing 10-ft. wide multi-use trail. They will also construct 0.2 miles of trail along Evans Road to Aviation Parkway as part of their McCrimmon Parkway Extension project. The combined length of the Cary and Morrisville projects is 4.2 miles.
These projects are integral parts of a major east/west pedestrian/bicycle connection which will link Cary’s greenway system with the greenway networks of Raleigh, Morrisville and ultimately Research Triangle Park.
Map of Project Area
Project Cost and Schedule
The total project budget for design and construction is $5,398,000. Funding sources include $4,158,000 in Federal funds provided by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization through the Federal Highway Administration, and a $500,000 Open Space grant from Wake County.
- Design and easement acquisition is complete.
- Construction: 1.7 miles from Black Creek Greenway to Evans Road north of the Crabtree Creek bridge will occur Spring 2017 through Fall 2018.
The trail will extend from Black Creek Greenway to Evans Road and along Evans Road to the first driveway north of Crabtree Creek. The trail will cross the Black Creek arm of Lake Crabtree via a long boardwalk. The existing narrow pedestrian bridge across Crabtree Creek will be replaced by a 10-foot wide ADA-accessible bridge.
A temporary mid-block crossing connecting to the Morrisville trail segment is proposed as part of the current trail project. Morrisville will construct the final segment of trail along Evans Road to Aviation Parkway and provide a permanent Evans Road crossing at Aviation Parkway as part of their McCrimmon Parkway Extension road project.
Lake Crabtree County Park's existing foot trail on the southern side of the lake will be closed during construction of the new greenway trail. The closure extends from the existing foot bridge off Black Creek Greenway below Weston Parkway to the existing Crabtree Creek foot bridge near the intersection of Evans Road and Aviation Parkway.
ASLA Landscape Architect
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary