Greenway Closures, Detours and Alerts
The City of Raleigh has 117 miles of greenway trails. In order to maintain high-quality greenway trails for our citizens, the system needs regular maintenance and care. That care sometimes results in closures and/or detours. The below sections provide an up-to-date picture of where repairs, detours, and closures are happening on the greenway to provide you with the best greenway trail experience possible.
It is important for citizens to be able to use the greenways for recreation, commuting, exercise, and play. The City of Raleigh staff works hard to keep greenways safe and open.
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Greenway corridors protect environmentally sensitive areas that can be prone to flooding. To provide public access to nature, greenway trails are planned in these corridors where appropriate. Keeping this in mind, flooding can occur unexpectedly on the trail.
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Possible flooding on sections of the Neuse River Trail
Beginning on Tuesday, April 16, larger than normal volumes of water will be released through the Falls Lake Dam. This higher than normal volume of water will likely cause flooding along portions of the Neuse River Trail. Details of potential flooding along specific sections of the Neuse River Trail will be posted on this page when they become available.
Do not attempt to cross flood waters covering any section of the Capital Area Greenway System. On segments of the Greenway System that are clear of flood waters, take extra caution and slow down when transitioning from asphalt and/or concrete trail segments to wooden bridges and structures. Wood takes longer to dry after rain events and is a naturally smoother surface than asphalt or concrete. These characteristics result in wood surfaces having less traction than asphalt or concrete. Use caution, be safe and enjoy the Capital Area Greenway System.
Walnut Creek Trail Closure, with detour, from Gorman Street to Lake Dam Road, Between Mile Marker 13.25 and 13.75
The 53-year-old vehicular bridge, located over Walnut Creek on Lake Dam Road, just below Lake Johnson dam, is being replaced. The work associated with this bridge structure replacement project necessitates the temporary closure of the Walnut Creek Trail between Gorman Street and Lake Dam Road.
This map shows the location of the closure and recommended detour. This closure is anticipated to last approximately six months, allowing this section of the trail to re-open late July of 2019. For questions about this closure and related bridge work, please contact the City of Raleigh Engineering Services Stormwater Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 919-996-3940.
Walnut Creek Trail Closure between I-440 and S. New Hope Road, Between Mile Markers 2.5 and 3.5
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (COPUD) is making capacity improvements to the City's wastewater collection system.
On Sept. 24, 2018, the City closed the section of the Walnut Creek Trail between I-440 and S. New Hope Road to allow Public Utilities to complete their work. This closure is anticipated to last for approximately 13 months.
This map shows the location of the closure. Recommended detours are provided when adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities are available along the surrounding roadway network. However, due to a lack of existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the area surrounding this section of trail, a detour recommendation is not available. For questions about this closure and related sewer work, please contact City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 919-996-3476.
Crabtree Creek Trail Closure from Rothgeb Drive to Anderson Drive, Between Mile Markers 8 and 9
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department (COPUD) is making capacity improvements to gravity interceptors in the Crabtree Basin Service Area of the City's wastewater collection system. Please visit the Crabtree Pipeline Project website for more information on this project. This work, which began in March 2018, requires periodic closures to segments of the Crabtree Creek Trail as well as to other trails that tie into the Crabtree Creek Trail.
On Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, the Crabtree Creek Trail was closed between Rothgeb Drive and Anderson Drive, between mile markers 8 and 9. The trail is anticipated to re-open in late Spring, contingent on weather conditions. This map shows the location of the closure. Due to existing road closures and limited connectivity in the area, a detour is not available during this closure.
For questions about this closure and related sewer work, please contact City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 919-996-3511.
Crabtree Creek Trail Detour along North Hills Drive and Mine Creek Trail, Mile Marker 12.5
The City of Raleigh has closed the Crabtree Creek Trail at mile marker 12 between the trail access at North Hills Drive and the Mine Creek Trail and Crabtree Creek Trail intersection. This map shows the location of the closed section of trail and the detour on North Hills Drive. High levels of rain and stormwater runoff caused excessive erosion and damage to the streambank supporting the retaining wall adjacent to Crabtree Creek and has made this section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway hazardous for public access. These photos are of the retaining wall in its failing condition.
The detour follows the south side of North Hills Drive for a half-mile and connect to the Mine Creek Trail access. Trail users can continue north, across North Hills Drive to Shelly Lake Park, or south, along the Mine Creek Trail, to reconnect with the Crabtree Creek Trail at the “Z” Bridge, structure #37.
The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (PRCR) advertised the construction bid for the Crabtree Creek Greenway Retaining Walls project, #274-PR-CrabtreeWalls-112718, on Nov. 27, 2018. Three bids were received and opened on Feb. 12. The lowest, most responsive, responsible bidder was Intercoastal Marine, LLC.
- Spring - Execute construction contract
- Summer - Start construction
- Winter 2020 - Estimated construction completion
For questions about this this project or closure please contact David Bender at 919-996-4798.
Crabtree Creek Trail Closure Between Capital Boulevard and Mile Marker 7
The City of Raleigh has closed a section of the Crabtree Creek Trail between Capital Boulevard and Mile Marker 7. This map shows the location of the closed section of trail. Boardwalk structure #106 was constructed as part of the Middle Crabtree Creek Greenway project, in 2003. The original boardwalk construction incorporated standard timber pile construction, typical of boardwalk design/construction, and is consistent with methods applied to other boardwalk structures constructed throughout the Capital Area Greenway System. At the time of the original construction, the eastern streambank of Crabtree Creek along structure #106 provided adequate stability to support timber pilings with concrete base installations. Since the completion of this project, the stream banks of Crabtree Creek in this section have become significantly eroded which has caused scouring of the concrete pier footers, exposing them and subsequently leading to structure failure.
In April 2018, two short sections of structure #106 were damaged and repaired as a result of several storm events, including Hurricane Matthew. Due to the continuous scouring of Crabtree Creek’s stream banks along this section of trail, the design and construction methods used in this repair incorporated steel pilings imbedded into bedrock rather than timber piles and footers. With the potential for continued scouring, steel piles embedded into bedrock was the best approach. This is an improved design to the original method of construction. Since the April 2018 repair, structure 106 has experienced two additional areas of extensive damage due to storm events, continued stream bank erosion and surface water run-off from adjoining properties. The April 2018 repair was not compromised as a result of the most recent events.
City staff is currently evaluating designs, construction costs and funding sources to repair the existing boardwalk as well alternative alignments that would utilize Ratchford Road. Staff is working as quickly as possible to ensure that necessary repairs occur in a timely fashion, allowing the Crabtree Creek Trail to safely open in the shortest amount of time possible.
- Spring 2019 - Complete Design
- Summer 2019 - Bid/advertise bid for construction
- TBD - Start construction
For questions about this project, please contact David Bender at 919-996-4785.
Crabtree Creek Trail Closure from Oxford Road to Kiwanis Park, Between Mile Marker 8 and 9
On July 2, 2018, the City closed Crabtree Creek Trail between Oxford Road and Kiwanis Park, between mile marker 8 and 9. The trail is scheduled to re-open on May 1st, 2019, contingent on weather conditions. This map shows the location of the closure.
The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department is making capacity improvements to gravity interceptors in the Crabtree Basin Service Area of the City's wastewater collection system. Please visit the Crabtree Pipeline Project website for more information on this project. This work, which began in March of 2018, requires periodic closures to segments of the Crabtree Creek Trail as well as to other trails that tie into the Crabtree Creek Trail.
For questions about this closure and related sewer work, please contact City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 919-996-3476
Crabtree Creek Trail Alert, East of N. Raleigh Boulevard, Between Mile Marker 5 and 6
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. This stablization project, located east of Raleigh Boulevard, is 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 three (3) between mile markers 5 and 6. This map shows the location of the conditions and project work described.
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.