Friday, August 30, 2013

Durham Hosts American Tobacco Trail Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony October 12

The City of Durham Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Transportation Departments with support from the Durham Open Space & Trails Commission, the Durham Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance will host a American Tobacco Trail Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 11 the Streets of Southpoint. Parking is available in a lot behind Southpoint Cinemas at 6910 Fayetteville Road Durham, N.C. 27713.

Fast Facts:
  • The celebration for the long-awaited American Tobacco Trail bridge over Interstate 40 is now set with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned, which will also include light refreshments and information tables.
  • Speakers include City of Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell, U.S. Representative David Price, N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, and East Coast Greenway Alliance Executive Director Dennis Markatos-Soriano.
  • The 270-foot-long pedestrian bridge is on schedule for completion in late September or early October 2013. The bridge is located just west of Fayetteville Road and the connection to the trail heading south will be located in the parking lot near Southpoint Cinemas at the Streets at Southpoint. 
  • This $11 million project also constructed approximately 4.2 miles of new trail and includes the new bridge over Interstate 40, extending the American Tobacco Trail from its current end point on N.C. Highway 54 at Fayetteville Road to the Chatham County line. 
  • Funding for the construction project was provided from a variety of sources, including federal funds from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro MPO, and the City of Durham Sidewalk Bond fund. Funding for the ribbon-cutting ceremony is being provided by the East Coast Greenway Alliance, Performance Bicycle, and BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina.
  • A limited number of tables will be provided at no cost to organizations interested in providing information at this free event. Organizations interested in reserving a table should complete the form
  • To learn more about the construction project click here or contact Contract Management Supervisor Edward Venable with the City’s Public Works Department at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30233 or by email.
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