Kaplan Park Bridge Replacement Complete

News posted Aug. 22, 2019 - 6:00 am
Kaplan Bridge

Since its inception, the Kaplan Drive Park walking and fitness trail, also referred to as the Kaplan Drive Park Loop Trail, has been served by two timber pedestrian bridges, one adjacent to Kaplan Drive and one located towards the western edge of the park. Combined with longer asphalt trail sections, these bridges helped form a loop trail running through Kaplan Drive Park.

In 2013, a falling tree significantly damaged the bridge located on the western side of the park, making it unsafe for trail users to cross. The remnants of that bridge were removed and the portion of trail in the adjacent area remained closed since that time. In early 2017, the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department began a project called the Kaplan Drive Park Bridge Replacement Project. The intent of this project was to design and construct a bridge to replace the bridge destroyed by the tree and to evaluate the condition of the bridge located adjacent to Kaplan Drive.

Now complete, the Kaplan Drive Park Bridge Replacement project included a brand-new bridge structure to replace the bridge previously destroyed by the falling tree. This bridge fills in the gap created in the Kaplan Drive Park Loop Trail when the previous bridge was destroyed. In addition to the replacement of the destroyed bridge, the evaluation of the existing bridge located adjacent to Kaplan Drive determined this bridge was past its useful life and beyond repair. Because of the condition of this bridge, it was removed and the trail segments connecting to it on its north and south sides were re-aligned to connect to the sidewalk on Kaplan Drive. Users of the Kaplan Drive Park Loop Trail can now complete the loop using the new pedestrian bridge, on the western side of the park, and the new trail segments and sidewalk near and along Kaplan Drive.


  • Kaplan Park
  • 5208 Kaplan Drive
  • Raleigh, NC 27606
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