Portions of the trail will be closed through August 31 while two sections of asphalt trail are replaced with boardwalk.
Construction began on March 20, 2017 with contractor mobilization. The project is on schedule. The contractor is Carolina Environmental Contracting, Inc.
Trail users will notice vegetation being cleared for the new stream channel. In order to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain regulations, flood elevations must not be changed by the stream restoration. New floodplain and stream channel were created to help meet these requirements. The existing vegetation in these areas needed to be cleared to create the new floodplain and stream channel. The larger woody debris will be used to create structures to stabilize and strengthen the new stream. Any remaining debris piles will be removed before the project is complete. Cleared and disturbed areas will be stabilized with native plant species. New stream corridors will also be vegetated with native trees and shrubs.
Sand on the Trail
A haul road was needed to move soil and debris during construction. In several areas, this haul road cuts across existing vegetation separating the stream from the trail. During intense or large rain events, flood waters deposit sand on the trail near these cuts in the vegetation. This sand will be moved off the trail as soon as it is possible to access the area with the right equipment. When the project is complete these occurrences will happen less frequently. The City appreciates your patience when this occurs.
Key Project Dates
Initial Advertisement: June 20, 2016
Initial Bid Opening: July 21, 2016
Re-Advertisement: August 29, 2016
Bid Opening: October 12, 2016
Notice to Proceed: March 20, 2017
The project includes the furnishing of all materials, labor, equipment, tools, etc. unless otherwise specified, for the stream restoration of Third Fork Creek and new trail boardwalk between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Cardinal Drive.