Greenway Repairs & Closures

Last updated Nov. 22, 2017 - 11:11 am

As greenways trails and structures age, maintenance and repairs are necessary. Due to the nature of this work, the trails will occasionally need to be closed to complete this work in an safe and efficient manner.  Because the greenway trails often share space with other City infrastructure, there are times when other City departments will have work that impacts the greenways and will result in temporary closures. This page provides the most up-to-date information on trail closures, repairs, and detours. All trails should be assumed to be open unless otherwise noted here. 

Crabtree Creek Greenway Closures from Atlantic Avenue to Raleigh Boulevard

Hurricane Matthew brought strong winds, heavy rain and major flooding to the Capital Area Greenway System, causing major damage to two pedestrian bridges (#104 and #106) on the Crabtree Creek Greenway between Atlantic Avenue and Raleigh Boulevard. Damage to the bridges was severe, requiring their closures for replacement and repairs. This map shows the location of the closures. City staff are working to ensure this segment of the Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail can be re-opened. A construction contract has been awarded. A pre-construction meeting was held, with the design enginneer and construction contractor, on Novemeber 17, 17 to tour the two bridge locations, set project expectations and timelines while determining other construction logistics such as establishing necessary staging areas for construction equipment and materials. There are several week of lead time that the contractor needs to order special materials. Once the construction schedules have been set by the contractor an updated completion date will be provided below.

Project Milestones – Updated Nov. 22

  • Design: Complete
  • Permitting: Complete
  • Bid Opening: Aug. 22 (Bridge 106); Aug. 29 (Bridge 104)
  • Bid Award: Complete
  • Pre-Construction Meeting: Complete (Nov. 17)
  • Construction: To be updated once construction schedules are available

For questions about this or other closures, please contact the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 996-3285.

Intermittent closures of the Neuse River Greenway Trail, near the Milburnie Dam, between October 2017 and February 2018.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently approved the establishment of a mitigation bank along the Neuse River at the Milburnie Dam site to Restoration Systems, LLC. Mitigation banking is the preservation, enhancement, restoration, or creation of a wetland, stream, or habitat conservation area which offsets, or compensates for, expected adverse impacts to similar nearby ecosystems. To initiate the required ecosystem improvements for the mitigation bank, Restoration Systems has proposed removing the dam from the active channel of the Neuse River. As a result, owners of the dam hired environmental restoration experts to complete the removal of the dam.

In its place, a purpose-built ‘mitigation bank’ will be created. In order to complete the work associated with this effort, a section of the Neuse River Trail will experience intermittent closures between October of 2017 and February of 2018.  Detour routes will not be available. More information about the Milburnie Dam removal can be found on the Milburnie Dam Removal Website

Stream bank and Asphalt Repairs on the Crabtree Creek Trail, East of Raleigh Boulevard - No Closure Required

During Hurricane Matthew the City of Raleigh sustained damage due to flooding. The stream banks of Crabtree Creek east of Raleigh Boulevard were eroded. The eroded banks must be stabilized to protect the Crabtree Creek greenway trail from further erosion. Crabtree Creek Trail east of Raleigh Boulevard is located along the top of the right bank (looking downstream) of Crabtree Creek. The creek is wide with steep slopes. Bank erosion has led to the asphalt trail washing away in a number of locations in the past and the trail has been numerously relocated. The trail is currently affected in two locations: one near the new sewer crossing and the second further downstream.

The City is conducting an assessment of the existing conditions of stream and riparian areas along Crabtree Creek to determine which areas need immediate attention and to rank the remaining areas for risk of failure. This work will include assessing the feasibility of repairs and recommendations as to the most realistic and necessary approach to protecting the trail throughout the site. The Crabtree Creek Trail will remain open in this area throughout the course of this work.

Temporary Little Rock Trail Closure Between Cape Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Fuel leaking, from a Downtown Raleigh Building, spilled into a storm drain which then carried the fuel into Little Rock Creek. In order for the appropriate environmental clean up tasks to be complete, the Little Rock Trail will be closed, between Cape Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, to allow crews to remove all fuel from the creek. A timeline for this closure is unknown at this time but will be added to this closure notice as soon as it is available. This map shows the location of the closure.

Stream restoration along the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Blue Loop Trail

The North Carolina Museum of Art is completing a stream restoration project designed to correct issues related to a tributary that flows into House Creek on the Museum’s campus. The design phase of this project has been completed and construction began Sept. 13 and was completed on Oct. 13. The trail will remain open but the contractors will occasionally need to cross the greenway and will utilize signage and flaggers to direct traffic.

Construction work will occur Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. This map shows the location of the construction. For questions related to this project, please contact Lydia Cleveland, administrative coordinator for the North Carolina Museum of Art, at (919) 664-6742 or via e-mail at

Centennial Bikeway Connector Trail Closure

Construction of the Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral has required the permanent closing of the Centennial Bikeway Connector Trail between Western Boulevard and Centennial Parkway. This map shows the location of the closed section of the trail. While this closure is permanent, the Pullen Road extension project will replace the trail connection between Western Boulevard and Centennial Parkway with a parallel, multi-use path. Estimated completion of the Pullen Road extension is the Fall of 2017.

For questions about the Pullen Road extension project, please contact the following:

Engineering Services Department
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - (919) 996-3030

Crabtree Creek Trail - Detour (Alleghany Dr.)

The Public Utilities Department is making capacity improvements to gravity interceptors in the Crabtree Basin Service Area of the City's wastewater collection system. Preliminary work on the Yadkin Drive tunnel and the 440 tunnel is underway. Work began on March 14, 2016 on a portion of the Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail. The work closed the trail until further notice. Additional closure information will be posted at impacted greenway entrances.

During this closure, the Crabtree Creek Trail is detoured along Alleghany Drive (east of I-440) for approximately 0.25 miles. Please see map for details. Signs are posted along the detour route. For additional updates on the project please check the project website

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