Greenway Repairs & Closures

Last updated Mar. 15, 2018 - 2:37 pm

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 Capital Boulevard

Two separate storm events that typically occur only once in a 100 year period, occurring at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, brought strong winds, heavy rain and major flooding to the Raleigh area and damaged portions of the Capital Area Greenway System, specifically two pedestrian bridges (Structures #104 and #106) on the Crabtree Creek Greenway between Atlantic Avenue and Raleigh Boulevard, requiring their closure.

While Structure 104, located between Capital Boulevard and Raleigh Boulevard, has been repaired and is now open, the damage to Structure 106 was extensive enough to require a complete rebuild of this pedestrian structure. This map shows the location of the closure. Over the past year, survey, geotechnical investigations, wetland/stream and buffer determination, permitting, design and review of FEMA regulatory processes have been taking place. Construction contracts have been executed and the re-construction of Structure 106 is scheduled to be complete by April 6th, 2018.

Whenever closures are necessary, City staff will attempt to provide a recommended detour route if possible. These detours usually include the use of sidewalks along city streets, typically along streets with the lowest speed limits and vehicle volumes possible. Unfortunately, a detour around the closure of Structure #106 is not possible due to the fact that there are no existing sidewalks, crosswalks or pedestrian signals that safely provide a pedestrian and bicycle connection between Atlantic Boulevard and the east side of Capital Boulevard. City staff understands the importance of the connectivity that the greenway system provides to the citizens of Raleigh. All closures are an inconvenience and staff works to ensure closures occur for the shortest lengths of time possible.

As with any project requiring multiple complicated tasks and requiring the participation of multiple agencies, providing an accurate schedule for completion has been difficult and delays have occurred. Staff works to limit any possible delays at all times and we apologize for the frustration this may have caused. We appreciate your patience during this extensive process and look forward to having Structure 106 re-opened as soon as possible. For questions about this or other closures, please contact the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at (919) 996-3285.

Temporary Closure of Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail Between Oxford Road and Kiwanis Park

The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (CORPUD) is making capacity improvements to gravity interceptors in the Crabtree Basin Service Area of the City's wastewater collection system. This work will require the temporary closure of the Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail, between Oxford Road and Kiwanis Park, beginning in early March 2018. This closure will last for approximately three months, wrapping up sometime in June 2018. This map shows the location of the closed section of greenway. For questions, please contact the following:

City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - 919-996-3476

After hours - 919-996-3504

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.

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 to be determined.

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

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