The previous two phases of the Higgins Greenway have been completed and extend from SW Maynard Road to Union Street near Dorothy Park. Phase III of the Higgins Greenway will start where the greenway currently ends at Union Street and will complete the Higgins Greenway to fill a gap in the greenway network and increase connectivity between Downtown Cary and the surrounding neighborhoods.
This project will extend the greenway eastward to Kildaire Farm Road near Cary Elementary School and Kay Struffolino Park. From there users can use sidewalks to access Downtown Cary destinations such as the Cary Arts Center and Downtown Park. This project is part of a larger goal of connecting Downtown Cary to the rest of the Town’s greenway network. The greenway will run along a mostly wooded corridor next to residential developments and through the property of two churches.
In the Fall of 2018, a public meeting was held where the attached map was presented:
Based on the feedback received, alternative routing is being considered for the routing of the greenway near Hillcrest Cemetery in order to not go through the center of the cemetery. We are also working on the location to best cross S. Harrison Avenue.
Project Cost and Schedule
In 2010, the town hired OBS Landscape Architects and Stantec Consulting Services, who designed preliminary plans and determined the project alignment.
LAPP funding for easements and construction from CAMPO was applied for in the fall of 2017 for the total project amount of $2.9 Million. LAPP funding was approved and Town Council authorized entering the grant agreement on September 27, 2018.
Tentative project schedule:
- Spring 2018: Design begins
- 2020: Easement acquisition begins
- 2021: Construction begins
ContactPaul Kuhn, PLA
Facilities Design and Construction Manager
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary