Cary, NC — Town of Cary has plans to complete the White Oak Creek Greenway, including a pedestrian tunnel under the railroad tracks near Davis Drive. A public information session to go over the plans is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11, 2015.
Design Phase Underway
The Town of Cary is in the design phase for the last two gaps on the White Oak Creek Greenway. One gap is located between MacArthur Drive and Davis Drive, and the other is the segment from Green Level Church Road to the American Tobacco Trail (ATT).
Once construction is complete, this 7.3 mile greenway will connect Bond Park to the ATT.
Project Details & Cost
The White Oak Creek Greenway project will close the gaps, which, together, are a distance of approximately 2.4 miles. The Town of Cary details that:
The estimated total project cost for both remaining segments is $9,000,000. The bond funding requested is $3,000,000. The difference is expected to be made up by grants and local funding.
One barrier to a continuous greenway from the ATT to Bond Lake is the railroad running alongside Davis Drive. The design shows a pedestrian tunnel running under the tracks. Travelers on the greenway will emerge from the short tunnel behind Davis Drive Park, crossing the street at the existing traffic light at Park Village Drive.
Amy Mackintosh, Landscape Architect, told us that:
The gap between MacArthur Drive and Davis Drive is a short but challenging segment. The project will design and construct a 0.4 mile paved trail and boardwalk through community association common land and Davis Drive Park, connected by a pedestrian tunnel under the CSX railroad. The route between the rail line and MacArthur Drive closely follows a small stream, necessitating approximately 640 feet of boardwalk to protect the stream banks and water quality.
Learn More About the Project
You can learn more about this project by visiting the Town of Cary’s project page or by attending the upcoming public information meeting, where progress plans will be on display and staff will be available to receive comments and answer questions.
Public Information Open House – White Oak Creek Greenway
Tuesday, August 11, 2015; 4:30-7 pm
Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place
Story from staff reports. Photos by Jessica Patrick. Map by Hal Goodtree.