Greenway Closures, Detours and Alerts

Last updated Aug. 21, 2018 - 3:56 pm

Improvements or replacement of aging structures and pavement within the Capital Area Greenway System is part of an on-going maintenance plan of a growing system that currently includes 117 miles of trail facilities. When improvements are needed, it is sometimes necessary for a temporary closure in order for the work to be completed in a safe and efficient manner. In addition, a majority of the Capital Area Greenway System is located in flood prone areas and within utility easements, therefore, weather events and utility infrastructure improvements do require closures from time to time and sometimes unexpectedly.
Staff acknowledges that the Capital Area Greenway closures are an inconvenience to trail users especially when no viable detours are available. Staff always evaluates detours around construction and maintenance sites utilizing existing street, sidewalk and on-street bike facility network but options for the general recreational greenway user isn’t viable. While some streets are unfriendly for bicyclists, the Raleigh Department of Transportation is working to improve the on-street bikeway network and continues to implement more comfortable types of bikeways including buffered bike lanes, separated bike lanes, neighborhood bikeways, and innovative treatments at intersections. Provide link to Bike Plan Map and OTP Webpage.
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.

Improvements or replacement of aging structures and pavement within the Capital Area Greenway System is part of an on-going maintenance plan of a growing system that currently includes 117 miles of trail facilities. When improvements are needed, it is sometimes necessary for a temporary closure in order for the work to be completed in a safe and efficient manner. In addition, a majority of the Capital Area Greenway System is located in flood prone areas and often within utility easements, therefore, weather events and utility infrastructure improvements do require closures from time to time, sometimes unexpectedly. 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.

Staff acknowledges that the Capital Area Greenway closures are an inconvenience to trail users, especially when no viable detours are available. Staff always evaluates detours around construction and maintenance sites utilizing existing street, sidewalk and on-street bike facilities but options for the general recreational greenway users aren't always viable.

While some streets are unfriendly for bicyclists, the Raleigh Department of Transportation is working to improve the on-street bikeway network and continues to implement more comfortable types of bikeways including buffered bike lanes, separated bike lanes, neighborhood bikeways, and innovative treatments at intersections. The Bike Raleigh Map is a good resource to learn about existing bicycle facilities across the City.

Flooding and Closures on Multiple Sections of the Capital Area Greenway System!

The City of Raleigh received heavy rainfall resulting in flooding and debris along multiple sections of the Capital Area Greenway System. While the heaviest rain has moved out of our area, flooding along sections of the Capital Area Greenway System could last for several days. Closures resulting from flooding and/or debris are currently in place on the following segments of the Capital Area Greenway System:
East Loop of the Walnut Creek Trail at Lake Johnson Park.
All tunnels on the Walnut Creek Trail.
Crabtree Creek Trail between Atlantic Ave and Rothgeb Dr.
Greenway maintenance crews are still assessing potential flooding and damage in other sections of the Greenway System. The list above may not be exhaustive but will be updated as soon as new information is received. If you come across a flooded section of the greenway system, wait for the water to fully recede prior to using that section of trail. 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. So use caution, be safe and enjoy the Capital Area Greenway System.
The City of Raleigh received heavy rainfall resulting in flooding and debris along multiple sections of the Capital Area Greenway System. While the heaviest rain has moved out of our area, flooding along sections of the Capital Area Greenway System could last for several days. Closures resulting from flooding and/or debris are currently in place on the following segments of the Capital Area Greenway System:

East Loop of the Walnut Creek Trail at Lake Johnson Park.

All tunnels on the Walnut Creek Trail.

Crabtree Creek Trail between Atlantic Ave and Rothgeb Dr.

Greenway maintenance crews are still assessing potential flooding and damage in other sections of the Greenway System. The list above may not be exhaustive but will be updated as soon as new information is received. If you come across a flooded section of the greenway system, wait for the water to fully recede prior to using that section of trail. 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. So use caution, be safe and enjoy the Capital Area Greenway System.

Crabtree Creek Trail Closure from Rothgeb Drive to Anderson Road, Between Mile Markers 8 and 9

Beginning on Monday, August 27, 2018 the Crabtree Creek Trail will be closed between Rothgeb Drive and Anderson Drive, between mile marker 8 and 9, and anticipated to last for approximately six weeks. The trail is anticipated to re-open in early October 2018, contingent on weather conditions. This map shows the location of the closure.
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.
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

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.

Beginning on Monday, August 27, 2018 the Crabtree Creek Trail will be closed between Rothgeb Drive and Anderson Drive, between mile marker 8 and 9, and anticipated to last for approximately six weeks. The trail is anticipated to re-open in early October 2018, 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., 919.996.3476

Crabtree Creek Detour along North Hills Drive and Mine Creek Trail, Mile Marker 12.5

The City of Raleigh has closed the Crabtree Creek Greenway at mile marker 12 between the trail access at North Hills Drive and the Mine Creek Trail and Crabtree Creek Greenway 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 will follow the southern 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. For questions about this this project or closure please contact David Bender at 919.996.4798 or email david.bender@raleighnc.gov.

Crabtree Creek Trail Closure Between Capital Boulevard and Mile Marker 7

The City of Raleigh has closed the Crabtree Creek Greenway between Capital Boulevard and mile marker 7. This map shows the location of the closed section of trail. High levels of rain and stormwater runoff have caused excessive erosion, and the compromising of structural pillars, under this section of trail, which is fully under Structure 106. This photo shows the recent damage caused by this erosion.

It should be noted that a section of Structure 106, closest to Capital Boulevard, was recently replaced and re-opened this past spring. This section of the trail has not been compromised and remains structurally sound. The older section of Structure 106, the section that was not recently replaced, is where this recent damage has occurred. Greenway planning staff has hired a contractor to design a replacement for this section of trail using much more durable and stable steel pilons that match the design of the section that was recently replaced, allowing the structure to last for years to come. While not currently available, greenway planning staff is hopeful that a detour route will be possible during the course of this project with the development of temporary access easements onto adjacent private properties. It should be noted that the provision of these easements is up to the property owner and is not guaranteed. For questions about this project, please contact David Bender at 919.996.4798 or email david.bender@raleighnc.gov.
Greenway maintenance staff has evaluated whether a temporary repair can be made. However, there isn’t enough streambank remaining to safely allow a temporary repair. Staff understands these closures are frustrating and an inconvenience to trail users. Please know that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure necessary repairs occur in a timely fashion, allowing the trail to safely open in the shortest amount of time possible.
It should be noted that a section of Structure 106, closest to Capital Boulevard, was recently replaced and re-opened this past spring. This section of the trail has not been compromised and remains structurally sound. The older section of Structure 106, the section that was not recently replaced, is where this recent damage has occurred. Greenway planning staff has hired a contractor to design a replacement for this section of trail using much more durable and stable steel pilons that match the design of the section that was recently replaced, allowing the structure to last for years to come. For more information on this project, please visit the Crabtree Creek Trail Structure 106 Repair project page. While not currently available, greenway planning staff is hopeful that a detour route will be possible during the course of this project with the development of temporary access easements onto adjacent private properties. It should be noted that the provision of these easements is up to the property owner and is not guaranteed. For questions about this project, please contact David Bender at 919.996.4798 or email david.bender@raleighnc.gov.

Greenway maintenance staff has evaluated whether a temporary repair can be made. However, there isn’t enough streambank remaining to safely allow a temporary repair. Staff understands these closures are frustrating and an inconvenience to trail users. Please know that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure necessary repairs occur in a timely fashion, allowing the trail to safely open in the shortest amount of time possible.

Crabtree Creek Trail Closure between New Bern Ave and east to I-440 Beltline, Between Mile Marker 2 and 3

Beginning August 22, 2018, until October 19, 2018, Duke Energy will work on a section of their transmission line. Erosion of Crabtree Creek is threating a transmission pole along the Crabtree Creek Trail between an area just east of New Bern Ave and west of I-440, between mile markers 2 and 3. To prepare for improvements, Duke Energy will conduct clearing work between August 22 and September 5, 2018, and relocation of the line between September 5th and October 19th, 2018.
This section of the Crabtree Creek Trail will be closed Monday through Friday during these periods and anticipated to re-open on October 13, contingent on weather conditions and other construction delays.
The trail will be open on the weekends between August 22 and October 19, 2018. It will be open Friday, August 31, and Monday, September 3, 2018, for the Labor Day holiday.
This map shows the location of the closure. For questions about this closure, please call 866-297-5886 or email: CarolinasEast@duke-energy.com, Website: duke-energy.com/CarolinasEastProjects
Beginning August 22, 2018, until October 19, 2018, Duke Energy will work on a section of their transmission line. Erosion of Crabtree Creek is threating a transmission pole along the Crabtree Creek Trail between an area just east of New Bern Ave and west of I-440, between mile markers 2 and 3. To prepare for improvements, Duke Energy will conduct clearing work between August 22 and September 5, 2018, and relocation of the line between September 5th and October 19th, 2018. This section of the Crabtree Creek Trail will be closed Monday through Friday during these periods and is anticipated to re-open on October 13, contingent on weather conditions and other construction delays. The trail will be open on the weekends between August 22 and October 19, 2018. It will be open Friday, August 31, and Monday, September 3, 2018, for the Labor Day holiday.

This map shows the location of the closure. For questions about this closure, please call 866-297-5886 or email: CarolinasEast@duke-energy.com, Website: duke-energy.com/CarolinasEastProjects

Crabtree Creek Trail Closure from Oxford Road to Kiwanis Park, Between Mile Marker 8 and 9

Beginning on Monday, July 2, 2018 the Crabtree Creek Trail will be closed between Oxford Road and Kiwanis Park, between mile marker 8 and 9, and anticipated to last for approximately eight weeks. The trail is anticipated to re-open in early Sept 2018, contingent on weather conditions. This map shows the location of the closure.

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 -http://crabtreepipeline.com/project-status/. 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.
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

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.

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

Neuse River Trail Closure between Crag Burn Lane and Allen Drive Parking Lot, Mile Marker 14.5, Allen Drive Trail Parking Lot Closed

On July 5th, the City of Raleigh will be closing the Neuse River Greenway at mile marker 14.5 between the trail access at Crag Burn Lane and the Allen Drive parking area to conduct needed repairs to bridge structure 98. The Allen Drive parking area will also be closed on July 2nd to provide construction material and equipment staging for the projects general contractor.

This map shows the location of the closed section of trail. The expected closure is anticipated to occur from early July to end of November depending on weather conditions and other construction delays. A designated detour is not provided due to limited street or sidewalk connections available in the vicinity of the bridge repair project. For more information, please contact David Bender at 919.996.4798, email to david.bender@raleighnc.gov or visit the project website for updates.

Crabtree Creek Trail Alert for East of N. Raleigh Boulevard Alert, 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 two locations: one near the new sewer crossing and the second further downstream. 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.

Centennial Bikeway Connector Trail Permanent 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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