The American Tobacco Trail Bridge is Open. Enjoy!
North Carolina DOT Project : EL-2921E
Key Project Dates
Re-Advertisement for Bids: January 25, 2012
Pre-Bid Conference: February 7, 2012
Pre-Qualification Deadline: February 8, 2012
Bid Opening: February 22, 2012
Bridge Assembly in I-40 shoulder in early April, 2013
Bridge will be set in place over I-40 in late April, 2013
Anticipated date to open the southern trail: March, 2013
Anticipated date for bridge completion: February 2014
Bridge completed and opened: February 20, 2014
The Public Works Department re-advertised the request for construction bids on November 15, 2011. Re-bidding gives the City opportunities to look at cost saving measures, particularly with the bridge construction.
Bids on this project were first opened on July 15, 2011. The low bid of $7,753,042 submitted by Blythe Construction, Inc., was approximately $2 million more than the engineer's estimate and exceeded the funding for the project. Since there was more than 10 percent difference between the low bid and the engineer’s estimate, the bids could not be accepted and all bids were rejected.
This project will extend the American Tobacco Trail from its current end point on NC-54 at Fayetteville Street to the Chatham County line. The length of trail to be constructed by this project is approximately 4.2 miles and includes a pedestrian bridge over I-40.
The pedestrian bridge will be located just west of Fayetteville Street and the connection to the trail heading south will be conveniently located at the Streets at Southpoint Mall.
The American Tobacco Trail is part of a much longer trail system which runs along the length of the east coast from Florida to Maine. The headquarters office for that trail has recently been relocated to Durham. The construction of this trail segment and bridge will be recognized nationally at it completes a key link in the east coast trail.
Funding for the project is being provided from a variety of sources including federal funds from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the City of Durham Sidewalk Bond fund.