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


Alice Fest

Posted by on 25 Mar 2012 | Tagged as: Screenings

The “Wake County” video was invited to screen as part of Alice Fest.

in recognition of Women’s History Month

a film festival with work by local women filmmakers
Sunday, March 25, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m

Duke University, Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St.
Durham, NC

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:

Thomson to discuss BRTT on WCOM-FM

Posted by on 24 Jan 2011 | Tagged as: Project Updates

“Time Out”
Radio Show

With Host

Bill Hendrickson
Mondays 5-6 pm EST
January 24, 2011

This Week’s Show:

Carol Thomson founded FireStream Media in Durham, NC in 2006 and has been doing creative and supurlative documentaries and other media productions ever since.  She has a list of institutions where she offers instruction, including the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies.  On this week’s show we will concentrate on a beautiful documentary displaying the physical work and social connections which developed through the construction of the American Tobacco Trail.  Tobacco helped build Durham, and today the marks of American Tobacco and others can be felt in a vibrant revolution of a changing urban environment, of which the Trail is a beacon of how things can change with the right leadership, motivation, and community cooperation.  Carol has captured this story eloquently.

Tune in locally in Carrboro and Chapel Hill on 103.5-FM
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Call in with your questions or comments during the show at (919) 929-9601

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