State Closes Trailwood Drive Bridge

[Alert]News posted Feb. 19, 2016 - 6:00 am

The bridge on Trailwood Drive over Walnut Creek has been closed to all traffic. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) ordered the closure Feb. 12 after the bridge failed a routine structural inspection.

There have been plans to replace the bridge since 2012. NCDOT has already hired a contractor to design and build a new bridge. Construction is planned to begin in mid-March. The project will widen a section of Trailwood Drive to three lanes and include substantial greenway and sidewalk improvements that will facilitate access to the Walnut Creek Greenway. The greenway will be temporarily closed between Gorman Street and Trailwood Drive during the project work.

Trailwood Drive will be closed throughout the duration of the bridge replacement project, which is expected to take 14 months to complete. Motorists will be directed to use Thistledown Drive and Gorman Street as detours.

The bridge replacement is estimated to cost $2.4 million. Because much of the greenway and sidewalk work associated with the project was requested by the City of Raleigh, the City has agreed to contribute more than $700,000 toward the improvements.

The Trailwood Drive bridge is the second bridge in the southwest quadrant of Raleigh to be closed. The Lake Dam Road bridge was closed by the City in March 2014 after it failed a similar structural inspection. After studying various options to repair the bridge, the City decided the best course of action would be to replace the bridge entirely. The City has received funds from NCDOT’s Municipal Bridge Program to help fund the replacement of the Lake Dam Road bridge. A consultant engineering firm is working on a design for the new bridge. Construction of the Lake Dam Road bridge is planned to begin in early 2017 at an estimated cost of $825,000.

Construction of both the Trailwood Drive bridge and the Lake Dam Road bridge is anticipated to be complete before the end of 2017.

The City of Raleigh is also coordinating with NCDOT on the replacement of another bridge in southwest Raleigh on Avent Ferry Road across Lake Johnson. This project will not begin until after either the Trailwood Drive bridge or the Lake Dam Road bridge has been reopened to traffic. It will include substantial bicycle, pedestrian, and lighting improvements along the causeway.

For more information, contact

  • Eric Lamb, Manager, Office of Transportation Planning, 919-996-2161
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