Greenway Resurfacing and Repair

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NOTICE: White Oak Creek Greenway will be closed Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, May 31, 2019 for repairs within Bond Park.

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

In 2017, repairs were made to the Batchelor Branch Greenway, White Oak Creek Greenway and the American Tobacco Trail.  Staff is currently planning 2018 repairs for the Black Creek and White Oak Greenway segments at Bond Park and the loop trail located in Middle Creek Park.

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.

Structural maintenance repairs for 2017 on pedestrian structures were recently completed on:

  • A bridge on the Black Creek Greenway just north of Dynasty Drive.
  • Two bridges on the American Tobacco Trail. One was the bridge over Panther Creek between New Hope Church Road and Pittard Sears Road. The other was the bridge over Northeast Creek north of O’Kelly Chapel Road.
  • Three bridges on paths inside Cary Tennis Park. This included the bridge that connects Cary Tennis Park with Green Hope High School.

Project Schedule

Greenway paving repairs at the Black Creek and White Oak Greenway segments 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 Spring 2019.

Inspections of pedestrian structures for 2018 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