Greenway Repairs & Closures

Last updated May 22, 2018 - 9:52 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. 

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 Fork Mine Creek Trail
Shelley Lake Trail
Lake Lynn Trail
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 Fork Mine Creek Trail

• Shelley Lake Trail

• Lake Lynn Trail


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 Greenway, from Atlantic Avenue to Capital Boulevard, is now open!

After many months of permitting, design, enginneering and construction, Structure 106 is complete and this section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail is now open. City staff understand 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. We understand the frustration extended closures can cause and greatly appreciate the patience shown by our citizens during this challenging re-construction project. For questions about this project or closures, please contact the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department at 919-996-3285.

Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail Closure - Detour on North Hills Drive

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 have 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 .5 miles, 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. Since this closure of this section of the Crabtree Creek Trail may be necessary for an extended period of time, the City of Raleigh is actively assessing alternative re-routing options for this section of trail. For questions about this this project or closure please contact the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department at 919-996-4798 or email david.bender@raleighnc.gov.

Temporary Closure of access trail to Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail from 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, which began in March 2018, requires periodic closures to segments of the Crabtree Creek Trail as well as to trails that tie into the Crabtree Creek Trail. Beginning on Monday, April 30th, 2018, the access trail that leads into the Crabtree Creek Trail from Kiwanis Park will be temporarily closed. This map shows the location of the closed section of trail. This closure is anticipated to last for approximately three weeks, allowing the trail to re-open on May 21st, 2018. The anticipated length of this closure is contingent upon good weather. Updates to this closure will be posted on this page as soon as they are available. The segment of the Crabtree Creek Trail running between Oxford Road and Wake Forest Road will remain open during this closure. For questions about this closure and related sewer work, please contact the following:
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 (CORPUD) is making capacity improvements to gravity interceptors in the Crabtree Basin Service Area of the City's wastewater collection system. This work, which began in March 2018, requires periodic closures to segments of the Crabtree Creek Trail as well as to trails that tie into the Crabtree Creek Trail. Beginning on Monday, April 30th, 2018, the access trail that leads into the Crabtree Creek Trail from Kiwanis Park will be temporarily closed. This map shows the location of the closed section of trail. This closure is anticipated to last for approximately three weeks, allowing the trail to re-open on May 21st, 2018. The anticipated length of this closure is contingent upon good weather. Updates to this closure will be posted on this page as soon as they are available. The segment of the Crabtree Creek Trail running between Oxford Road and Wake Forest Road will remain open during this closure. For questions about this closure and related sewer work, please contact the following:
City of Raleigh Public Utilities DepartmentMonday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - 919-996-3476



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.

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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