Greenway Resurfacing and Repair

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NOTICE:  Annie Jones Greenway between Annie Jones Park and McCloud is closed for construction until January 4, 2020.  The existing gravel trail and steps will be replaced by a new 6-foot wide concrete trail with no steps.  

Project Background

Greenway trails most frequently experience asphalt failure as a result of being located in wet environments and/or adjacent to trees whose root systems cause lifting and cracking. Application of a new surface coating provides additional protection and promotes extended life of the greenways.

This annual maintenance project provides for resurfacing of greenways throughout the town. Greenways are selected for resurfacing and repairs based on a priority ranking system that takes scheduled park renovations into account. Asphalt trails are estimated to last 20 years. At 10 years, minor repairs are made and the surface coating is applied. At 20 years, the asphalt is removed and replaced. Repairs involving asphalt can only occur when temperatures are above 50 degrees. Most greenway resurfacing and repairs can only occur during the spring, summer, or fall. Greenway closures for repairs will typically last one to three days.

Work includes:

  1.  Clearing and redefining overgrown drainage swales
  2.  Installing French drains where needed
  3.  Replacing damaged and unsafe asphalt
  4.  Crack sealing and seal coating asphalt

Staff is currently planning repairs for the Black Creek and White Oak Greenway segments at Bond Park and the loop trail located in Middle Creek Park.

Annie Jones Greenway improvements will be made to the gravel trail from the Park to McCloud Court.

Swift Creek Greenway at Kildaire Farm requires repairs along with a portion of Pirates Cove Greenway.

Additional projects include structural repairs to bridges on Hinshaw Greenway and we have several other greenways to work on once these are complete.

The Town of Cary also routinely monitors all pedestrian bridges and tunnels of the greenway system and other trails and paths inside town parks. The town currently has a contract with a structural engineering firm WSP to perform this work. WSP routinely inspects all pedestrian structures and notifies the town when repairs need to be made.

Project Schedule

Greenway paving repairs at the Black Creek Greenway located at Bond Park and on the loop trail in Middle Creek Park will be released for bids in the coming months and should be underway by Fall 2019.

Swift Creek and Pirates Cove should be completed late summer or early fall.

Inspections of pedestrian structures will begin in the fall and any repairs that are identified will be prioritized for construction as the inspections are completed.

Periodic closings of strategic repair sections will permit the greenways to remain open as long as possible. Signs will be used to direct trail users around repair areas as needed.


Paul Kuhn, PLA
Facilities Design and Construction Manager
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary
(919) 469-4360