White Oak Creek Greenway Project, Ph V (American Tobacco Trail Connection)

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November 1 Project Update

The White Oak Creek Greenway is now open! This 1.81 mile scenic route that connects from the existing trail at Green Level Church Road all the way to the American Tobacco Trail in Apex. With the excitement of this segment through Apex, there are four to five new neighborhood connections that will be continuously made throughout 2018 and 2019.

Please proceed with caution as Apex is working on these connections. 

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Project Scope

The 1.81-mile corridor between Green Level Church Road and the American Tobacco Trail is one of the last two 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 under Green Level Church Road via a grade separated crossing provided by a bridge built by NCDOT in 2013. The Trail will continue through town acquired easements and culminate at the American Tobacco trail just north of the Wimberly Trail Head.

Aside from this White Oak Greenway project, another remaining gap is the segment from MacArthur Drive to Davis Drive, a distance of approximately half a mile. See the project page for more information on the White Oak Creek Greenway (MacArthur Segment).

White Oak Trail

The 1.81-mile corridor between Green Level Church Road and the American Tobacco Trail is one of the last two 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 under Green Level Church Road via a grade separated crossing provided by a bridge built by NCDOT in 2013. The Trail will continue through town acquired easements and culminate at the American Tobacco trail just north of the Wimberly Trail Head.

View the entire White Oak Creek Greenway

 

Aside from this White Oak Greenway project, another remaining gap is the segment from MacArthur Drive to Davis Drive, a distance of approximately half a mile. See the project page for more information on the White Oak Creek Greenway (MacArthur Segment).

Project Cost and Schedule

The cost of design and construction for this project is estimated at $5.2 million, which was provided by a combination of the 2012 Community Bonds, NCDOT LAPP Funding, and the Wake County Open Space Grant.

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 (the Wimberly Road trail head) 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 North Carolina committee for the East Coast Greenway (ECG) recently designated the White Oak/Black Creek Greenway corridor as a primary segment of the 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 almost 70% of the trail, over five miles, has been completed at a cost of roughly $4,000,000. There are two gaps in the White Oak Creek Greenway. One of those gaps is the last two miles of the trail that will connect to the ATT. These last two miles pass through Wake County and Town of Apex jurisdiction, outside Town of Cary limits. The other gap is a short but challenging segment that will require the grade-separated crossing of a CSX rail line and of Davis Drive.

The Town has made progress toward closing these gaps. In 2005 a grant was obtained from the USDA to start design for the last two miles of trail and Cary partnered with the Town of Apex to begin the design process. In 2007, the completed design was approved by both the Cary and Apex Town Councils. The Town of Cary also obtained grant funds via the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization to purchase easements for the greenway over those last two miles. The Town has applied to Wake County for additional funding to help complete these last two segments of the White Oak Creek Greenway.

Contact

Sarah Y. Alexander, PLA, LEED AP BD&C
Landscape Architect
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary
(919) 462-2075
sarah.alexander@townofcary.org