Project Update: August 6, 2019
The contractor is cleaning up and restoring the sediment and erosion control measures along the project corridor after the 4-5” rainfall on August 2. While this unusually large storm caused flooding along the corridor, including in low lying yards, the measures generally held well and damage appears to be minimal.
Temporary shoring is in progress for both tunnel end walls in preparation for starting tunnel construction in early September. As required by CSX, the boring operation for the tunnel will be done continuously, for the portion of the tunnel within the zone of influence under the track.
Other construction activities currently underway or starting soon include:
- A soldier pile retaining wall adjacent to the residential property south of the project on the east side of the railroad. This will be similar construction to the wall in Davis Drive Park.
- Retaining walls near the MacArthur end of the trail for the concrete trail that extends from MacArthur to the start of the boardwalk.
- Trail from Davis Drive entrance down past the end of the soccer field.
- Boardwalk construction is anticipated to start near the end of August.
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 are the trail corridor and project area as a whole. Please stay out of the construction zone for everyone’s safety.
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.
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
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary