Project Update: April 1, 2020
No fool-in’, this greenway project is still closed to the public. Contractor has placed barriers at each end of the project so please abide by them. We are finalizing all inspections needed to safely open the greenway with a goal of doing that soon. Once open, all greenway rules will apply. Occasional closures will be needed to complete any remaining items, please continue to check this webpage.
Project Update: March 9, 2020
Project completion is tantalizingly close, but tunnel leaks made evident by the recent rains are slowing progress. The Davis Drive Park parking lot will be closed from Tuesday March 10 through Friday, March 13 for repaving. Park access during that period is available via the parking lot at the south end of the park. We anticipate project completion later this spring, weather and railroad approvals permitting. For everyone’s safety we thank you for your patience in staying off the trail until we accept it from the contractor and officially open it to the public.
Project Update: January 30, 2020
After slogging through the wet weather at the turn of the year, the contractor is now making great strides toward completion of the project. The trail is paved from MacArthur Drive through the tunnel. Shotcrete is being applied this week to the tunnel interior while the boardwalk sub continues to install boardwalk railings. Planting began this week along the boardwalk corridor. Grading continues at both ends of the trail. Work remaining at Davis Drive Park includes paving the trail down to the tunnel as well as fencing, landscaping, parking lot repairs and removal of the mountain of dirt excavated for access to the tunnel. We anticipate project completion this spring, weather permitting. For everyone’s safety we thank you for your patience in staying off the trail until we accept it from the contractor and officially open it to the public.
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