White Oak Creek Greenway Project, Ph IV - MacArthur Drive to Davis Drive Segment

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Road Closure: Stokesay Court, June 24-28 (weather and contractor schedule permitting)

The contractor for White Oak Greenway plans to close a short segment of Stokesay Court Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28 as part of their work to replace a nearby segment of sewer. Access will be maintained to all residences on Stokesay Court and Covington Square Drive via the Covington Square Drive entrance to the neighborhood from MacArthur Drive. 

The contractor will be pumping sewage around the construction area from the manhole in Stokesay Drive and will need to operate a pump continuously throughout this time period.

Project Update: June 18, 2019

Work is progressing on the retaining wall in Davis Drive Park.

Other construction activities currently underway or starting soon within the greenway corridor east of the railroad include:

  • Relocation and/or improvement of approximately 172 feet of the small tributary stream, moving it a few feet sideways to accommodate the boardwalk (started June 17).
  • Installation of 360 feet of large storm drain along the north side of the greenway. This pipe will drain the tunnel area only, crossing under the stream and running parallel with it until the point where the stream is low enough to discharge the pipe. Because the tunnel is about five feet lower than the stream in this area, the storm drain is oversized to ensure there will never be water pooling in the tunnel. This work will start after the stream work is finished.
  • Upgrading and repairing existing sewer near the MacArthur Drive trail entrance where the trail and a retaining wall will cross the sewer. See road closure notice above.

Davis Drive Park remains open during construction, with access to the playground, shelter, restroom and soccer fields south of the shelter. However, Field #1 and portions of the parking lot are closed for construction, as well as the project area as a whole. Please stay out of the fenced off area and construction zone for everyone’s safety.

Project Background

Together, the White Oak Creek Greenway and Black Creek Greenway constitute the spine of the Town of Cary’s greenway system, totaling 14.5 miles of continuous trails that link multiple local, county and state recreational lands and facilities, four school sites, and numerous residential, shopping and employment areas. The White Oak Creek Greenway is a 7.3-mile-long trail connecting the Wake County section of the American Tobacco Trail (near the Wimberly Road trailhead) to Bond Park in Cary. In Bond Park, the White Oak joins the Black Creek Greenway and further connects to Wake County’s Lake Crabtree Park, Umstead State Park and Raleigh’s Capital Area Greenway system via Umstead. The White Oak/Black Creek Greenway corridor has been designated as a primary segment of the East Coast Greenway (ECG).

The White Oak Creek Greenway has been on the Town of Cary’s master plan since 1995. Construction of the greenway began that year, and 95 percent of the trail -- almost seven miles  -- has been completed to date. This project addresses the final gap between MacArthur Drive and Davis Drive; a short but challenging segment that will require crossing a CSX rail line and Davis Drive. The two mile section of the trail that connects to the ATT through Wake County and Town of Apex jurisdiction, opened in Fall 2018.  See the White Oak Greenway (American Tobacco Trail Connection) project page for that segment.

Project Scope

The 0.4-mile corridor between MacArthur Drive and Davis Drive is the last missing segments of the 7.3-mile White Oak Creek Greenway. This project will include design and construction of trail to close that gap. This segment of trail will pass through Davis Drive Park, which is located between the rail line and Davis Drive, under the rail line, and through Parkway Community Association open space to MacArthur Drive. The current project includes a grade-separated trail crossing under the CSX rail line. The Davis Drive crossing is planned to be on-grade at the existing traffic light at the park entrance in this phase of construction. Long term plans call for design and construction of a grade-separated trail crossing under Davis Drive.

Project Cost and Schedule

The project budget is $8.6 million for design and construction, provided by a combination of federal funding through the Locally Administered Projects Program (LAPP), 2012 Cary Community Investment Bonds, and Town capital project funds.  This includes an additional $1.85 million in LAPP funding recently allocated to this project in response to higher construction bids and associated construction costs.


Bids were received on October 17, 2018.

Anticipated Construction Period: Spring 2019 - Summer 2020


Amy Mackintosh, ASLA
Landscape Architect
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary
(919) 460-4973