Kaplan Drive Park Bridge Replacement

Last updated Oct. 05, 2018 - 10:56 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Greenway
  • $100,000
  • West
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Stantec

Current Activity

The Kaplan Drive Park Bridge Replacement Project consists of the follow tasks, each being implemented in a chronological order:

  • Task 1: Site assessment and field survey;
  • Task 2: Development of bridge replacement plans;
  • Task 3: Develop trail realignment designs;
  • Task 4: Public meeting (open house format); and,
  • Task 5: Construction bid services.

As of Oct 4th, 2018, Tasks 1 through 4 are complete. The City and Stantec are working on completing Task 5. The existing pedestrian bridge in Kaplan Drive Park, running paralell to Kaplan Drive on the east side of the park, has been determined to be beyond repair and in need of removal by an engineer's inspection. To prepare for a construction contractor to begin work on a new pedestrian bridge, to be located on the west side of the park, City staff will begin removal of the existing pedestrian bridge on Monday, November 5th. The work associated with this bridge removal will require a complete closure of the Kaplan Drive Park Trail for approximatley seven days.


Since its inception, the Kaplan Drive Park walking and fitness trail has been served by a timber pedestrian bridge. In 2013, a falling tree substantially damaged the bridge. Subsequently the bridge superstructure was removed and the portion of trail in this area has remained closed since. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, intends to replace this bridge, connecting sections of the park’s trail that were severed during the original bridge’s removal.

A separate bridge continues to serve the park and greenway trail approximately 40 feet from Kaplan Drive. The City has determined this bridge has reached the end of its service life and will be replaced by re-aligning the trail to access Kaplan Drive approximately 50 feet north of Simmons Branch. The new trail alignment will mean that the existing bridge can be demolished and a new connection including ADA compliant trail accesses from Kaplan Drive can be established.


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Complete Task 1 – Site Assessment and Field Survey
On-going Task 2 - Development of Bridge Replacement Plans
On-going Task 3 - Develop Trail Realignment Designs
11/7/17 Task 4 – Public Meeting (Open House Format) Lake Johnson Park Waterfront Center, 4601 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh NC 27606
08/27/18Request for Construction Bids Released
11/05/18Removal of Existing Bridge Commences - Work Completed by City Staff
Winter 2018 Construction Contract Awarded
Early 2019 Construction Begins
Spring 2019 Construction Completion


The City’s Capital Improvement Program includes funding for design and construction of a replacement bridge to fill in the gap left in the Kaplan Drive Park Trail created when the previous bridge was damaged and removed. This funding also covers the design and construction associated with the removal of a second bridge in Kaplan Drive Park and the creation of a new trail alignment to accommodate its removal.

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