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ATT is “almost there”

Posted by on 13 Oct 2013 | Tagged as: ATT News

The bridge over I-40 is the remaining link to complete the 22 mile trail. On Saturday, October 12, the “almost there” trail completion was celebrated at Southpoint Mall next to the newly completed last 4 miles leading up to the pedestrian bridge from the south.

Almost complete bridge over I-40.

Almost complete bridge over I-40.

Trail leading to bridge.

Trail leading to bridge.

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Time lapse of bridge placement over I-40

Posted by on 10 May 2013 | Tagged as: ATT News

This video was produced by the City of Durham’s Public Works department. It’s a time lapse of the overnight bridge placement on interstate 40 in Durham, NC.

Construction of the final phase of the American Tobacco Trail to begin in June

Posted by on 28 May 2012 | Tagged as: ATT News


Portion of American Tobacco Trail in Durham Set to Close Beginning in June

Construction of the final phase of the American Tobacco Trail in Durham is set to begin in June, meaning that some residents will need to find an alternate route over the coming months. Work will be focused on the area between Highway 54 and the Chatham County line and will include the construction of the new pedestrian bridge over I-40. Design Engineering Supervisor Jeff Lecky explains how the project will affect travel on the trail and the surrounding area in this episode of “City Hall This Week.”

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Rendering of I-40 Bridge


Update on I40 Bridge

Posted by on 05 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: ATT News

Is this one step forward and one step back? Or, will both the bridge and the final piece of the trail be finished at the same time IF the money can be found for the trail?  Read all the details:

Architects rendering of proposed ATT brdige.

Architects rendering of proposed ATT bridge

News Release from City of Durham,  August 5 , 2011:

American Tobacco Trail Bridge Construction to Move Forward

DURHAM, N.C. – Following discussion at its August 4, 2011 work session meeting, the Durham City Council remains committed to completing the American Tobacco Trail and bridge, despite the more than $2 million difference between July bids and earlier projected construction costs.

According to City Manager Tom Bonfield, the project is a priority for the City because of its strategic location, “serving as a major and heavily used north-south route for pedestrians and bicyclists. The construction of the new section would also carry the trail to the commercial sector south of U.S. Interstate 40 and to several neighborhoods in southern Durham.”

The Public Works Department, responsible for construction of the bridge and trail, recommends that the entire project be completed, but in two phases, in order to identify needed funding. According to Director Marvin Williams, construction would begin with part of the trail from N.C. Highway 54 and include the new bridge over U.S. Interstate 40, using existing funding of $5.8 million, with the project being awarded to low bidder during the July process. Additional funds of about $800,000 would be obtained using existing funds designated for other projects. A contract will be recommended to City Council for approval within 30 days.

A later contract would be issued for the remainder of the trail, south of U.S. Interstate 40 to the Chatham County line. The Public Works Department has recommended approaching the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to consider reprioritizing funding currently authorized for sidewalks and bike lanes. Both the MPO and the N.C. Department of Transportation would have to agree, and the process would likely take about six months. Even though the second contract would be awarded nearly a year following the contract for the bridge, both projects might likely be completed at the same time due to the time needed to construct the bridge.

Since MPO funding typically comes as an 80/20 match, approximately $3 million would be needed from the MPO and about $760,000 from the City. More information about the source of the funding and construction needs will be forthcoming following a more detailed analysis.

For more information about this project, visit the City’s website at: