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Submitted by curt on January 31, 2012
Over the past few months our Exec. Director has been busy with groups in Harnett County interested in creating a 1.5 mile connector trail between the Erwin end of the Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail and the Cape Fear River Park Trail (a 1 mile trail). This would create 7.5 miles of contiguous trail and connect Dunn and Erwin to the Cape Fear River. The ~16 acre Cape Fear River Park was bought by Harnett County with funds from the Parks & Recreation Trust Fund and is used regularly by walkers, fisherman and canoeists. Bringing the two trails together will increase the usage of both trails and connect the rail-trail to much needed amenities such as a bathroom, picnic tables and a parking lot. On January 24th NCRT facilitated a public meeting in Erwin to gather public input on the proposal and present drawings of the proposed layout. The proposal was well received by the 38 attending, all of whom were trail users. Currently NCRT is working with Erwin in the preparation of applications for a Recreational Trails Program grant (for construction) and an Adopt-A-Trail grant for signage. Funding for this connector trail depends on the results of these pending applications and other sources so at this time there are no firm dates for the project. We'll be reporting on this again here and on our Facebook page as news develops.
Submitted by curt on November 10, 2011
On November 4th, Perry Connor, several volunteers from the Faith Chritian School and Tom Duckwall of Greensboro worked for several hours on various improvement and maintence tasks including: digging a drainage ditch on the upper side of short access trail, removing grass from edges of trail & around the rock, tidying up mulch around information kiosk, sign & bench, raking leaves out of side ditches on the access trail, installing an “Ancient Fish Weir” sign beside the steps, & “Unimproved Trail” sign at Sandy Creek end of trail, and cutting up and removing downed pine logs lying in drainage ditch, & other downed tree just past Harvey’s access road. They were also able to clean up around the fish weir steps & down at river bank and to rake leaves from a large part of trail and some of the side ditches. This is still a fairly short trail but Perry is interested in finding volunteers for future workdays. If you would like to volunteer for Deep River trail efforts, you can reach Mr. Connor at 336-549-4908 or by Email.
Submitted by curt on November 8, 2011
Our latest newsletter has a nice description of the Little Tennessee Greenway in Macon County, updates on several ongoing rail-trail projects, some good news on some efforts just getting going such as the Peavine trail in Marion and notices of some upcoming events.
Submitted by curt on October 30, 2011
Durham staff have announced that the second bidding documents will be released to potential bidders on November 15th. Bid opening by the City has been set for December 15th. Assuming at least one proposal comes in within the increased funds now available, this could allow an Award to be made in the February-March period. Periodic updates on this process can be found at the City's web site. December 8th Schedule Change: A wage dispute between the NCDOT and the U.S. Department of Labor has delayed the bid opening for this project. The dispute involves estimates the Labor Department uses to set wage rates for projects that use federal money, such as the long-awaited pedestrian/cyclist bridge near Southpoint Mall. City Manager Tom Bonfield notified City Council members Thursday that the dispute won't be settled until after Jan. 1. Therefore, the bid opening scheduled for Dec. 15 has been pushed off until Jan. 25. To read more please see article in the News & Observer.com
Good News in late December: N.C. Department of Transportation officials have given Durham the all-clear to take new bids on Jan. 25 from contractors interested in building the bridge over I-40 and construction of ~4miles of trail (Phase E of the ATT). DOT had tried to delay the use of new Federal wage guidelines on new projects until later in 2012 but has now decided to let Durham proceed with this procurement. For more on this story please see the recent Herald-Sun article.
Submitted by curt on October 20, 2011
Ecusta Trail President Mike Oliphant presented a check to Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk to complete the funding for the Economic Impact Study for the Ecusta Trail project. In a tight budget year, enough funds were not going to be available through the City to pay for both the impact study and a planning study. The Friends of the Ecusta Trail raised enough funds through donations to allow the City to complete both studies. Gifts ranged from $10 to $5000, including one individual's challenge grant. City Manager Beau Ferguson remarked on how this is the first time in his career in municipal government where he has seen such willingness of citizens to partner with local government to help fund such an initiative. Funds for the study came primarily from residents of Henderson and Transylvania counties, however, some gifts were received from as far away as California and Illinois. Both the planning study and economic impact study are underway and should be completed in early 2012.
Friends of the Ecusta Trail is organized as a nonprofit organization to bring together people to build the Ecusta Trail, an 18 mile rail-to-trail project connecting Hendersonville and Brevard, and to promote the development of a network of multi-use trails in Henderson and Transylvania Counties to connect these communities for recreation, active transportation and economic development. For more information on the Ecusta Trail project, please visit the EcustaTrail site and an April '11 News article.
Submitted by curt on October 18, 2011
We came across this blog posting describing one local runner's reflections about participating in our initial Ales for Rail-Trails Race. The runner is a member of the Tobacco Trail Church, a small group of outdoor enthusiasts focusing on the people and land near the American Tobacco Trail in Durham, North Carolina and the surrounding areas. They often gather at the Fayetteville Road trailhead of the American Tobacco Trail at 5:30pm on Sundays for their outings on the ATT. Several from the Church participated in our race and noted that they see helping groups such as NCRT raise money as part of their vision.
Submitted by curt on October 17, 2011
The Alliance will be holding a general membership meeting on Sunday October 23rd in Patriot's Hall at Moores Creek National Battlefield Park in Currie, NC from 2 to 4pm. There will be chili and a brief presentation. This will be a great opportunity to touch base with everyone, give updates on our progress, hear everyone's ideas about development of the trail and organize a work day. It will also be a beautiful day to look around the Park. Here is a link showing directions to the Park:
Submitted by curt on October 13, 2011
Pender County has been awarded $72,404 from the State of North Carolina Recreational Trails Program to develop the first segment of the West Pender Rail-Trail. The grant was prepared through the County’s Department of Planning and Community Development with input from the West Pender Rail-Trail Alliance, and will fund the development of 1.11 miles of a crushed stone surfaced trail from Vitamin Drive to the northern boundary of the Pender Commerce Park on US Highway 421, near the Pender–New Hanover County boundary. The trail will be 8' to 10’ wide, and suitable for bicycling, walking and jogging. This portion of the trail will be the first segment of a larger bicycle and pedestrian network planned to link the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in Wilmington to the Moores Creek National Battlefield in Currie. This project will utilize the former Seaboard Coastline Railroad corridor where possible, and may potentially span all the way to Fayetteville, connecting communities and providing a destination for tourism and outdoor recreation in the region. Trail development will utilize volunteer work where possible with help from the West Pender Rail-Trail Alliance, a non-profit group formed to advocate bicycle and pedestrian trail development in western Pender County. For information on volunteering with the Alliance please contact Susan Bullers at (910) 283-1788.
Submitted by curt on October 9, 2011
NCRT awarded Dilys Bowman a nicely finished Chrome Spike plaque at our Annual Meeting on October 8th. Over the past two years Dilys has visited almost all of the rail-trails on our Trails and Projects page to record GPS data and compile information on the end points, parking facilities, trail surfaces and notable views and landmarks. From this data Dilys has prepared maps posted on our site and information we have used to improve many of our trail descriptions. In addition, Dilys has compiled numerous photos which we are using on the site. President Emeritus AL Capehart, Dilys and John Morck, Board Chair of NCRT
Submitted by curt on October 8, 2011
A draft plan has been developed for the Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway through a feasibility study of the corridor. The draft plan is the joint efforts of the Town of Summerfield, the Town of Stokesdale, Guilford County and the Greensboro urban area MPO. The proposed trail follows the historic A & Y railroad route from southern Summerfield to Stokesdale. The trail will eventually be incorporated into the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail that stretches nearly 1000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. Once constructed, the A&Y greenway will celebrate the natural heritage of the area, connect important destinations, and provide trail surfaces for a variety of recreational opportunities. This multi-use trail is anticipated to be used by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, horseback riders, and rollerbladers as they enjoy the diverse rural, suburban and urban landscapes in this beautiful area. Two public meetings are scheduled to allow members of the public to provide comments on the plan: October 20th, 4-7pm at the Summerfield Athletic Park Field House -- 5200 US 220 Highway North AND October 27th, 4-7pm at the Stokesdale Town Hall -- 8325 Angel Pardue Hall. For info on the the A & Y Greenway already open within Greensboro, please see the Triad Section on our Trails page.
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