Suspension bridge puts finishing touch on Neuse River Trail

Posted April 3, 2013

— Construction of a 7-foot pedestrian bridge that criss-crosses over the Neuse River along one of Raleigh's newest greenways is nearly complete. It's one of the finishing touches for the Neuse River Trail, which is set to officially open April 25.

The trail is the reason Josh Smith took up cycling.

"It's really pretty out here," he said Wednesday. "I got the bike pretty much for this trail because it keeps going on and on and I really want to see what it's all about."

The greenway runs for about 28 miles, following the Neuse River from the Falls Dam in northern Wake County to the Johnston County line.

"This trail is significant achievement for the City of Raleigh, and I'm glad it's almost (open)," said Vic Lebsock, a senior greenway planner.

Neuse River Trail pedestrian bridge Pedestrian bridge on Neuse River Trail nearly complete

The 270-foot suspension bridge, just northeast of Raleigh's Hedingham neighborhood, is one of two along the trail.

"It's beautiful," said Iona Thomas, project manager for the greenway. "Our traditional truss bridges for this length were much more expensive. With this design, because the members of the bridge were smaller, easier to manipulate and easier to erect, we ended up saving the city $1.2 million."

For Smith, the beauty of the trail is priceless.

"It changed my mode of exercise," he said. "(Cycling is) opening up a whole new source of avenues for me in terms of seeing Raleigh."


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  • MadFlava Apr 11, 2013

    So I want to get this straight. Everyone complains about cyclists on the road, tells us to go to a greenway and now they're complaining theyre too fast on the greenway. Where exactly can cyclists ride? Before it was the greenway, now that theyre on the greenway, people are already complaining about that. Here's a newsflash for you. The only people on bikes who will stay under 10MPH are the little kids on their bikes and the 70 year old retirees on beach cruisers out tooling around. You just cant win with you people. Cyclists = Not wanted anywhere

  • Red Green Apr 5, 2013

    “How about giving the cops and firemen an opportunity to earn a raise that keeps up with inflation....” karbattle1

    Considering some of the houses I see with cruisers in the driveway I’d say they’re doing pretty well! Not to many jobs out there providing a free vehicle with all the gas you can burn through.

  • karbattle1 Apr 5, 2013

    How about giving the cops and firemen an opportunity to earn a raise that keeps up with inflation....

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 5, 2013

    @xyzzy, and why do you think that some cities are now responsible for putting in sidewalks? It's the same old story. Government steps in when business won't.

  • xyzzy Apr 4, 2013

    I'm sorry but at least in north Raleigh -- Creedmoor Road, for example -- the City itself is responsible for there being few sidewalks. When roads in north Raleigh were widened, the City did not put sidewalks on both sides. That's where the blame lies, and the City knows it.

    That said, the Raleigh greenways were built with bond proceeds and there was a direct up-or-down referendum. If the majority of taxpayers had opposed the projects, they could not have been built. But the fact is, these bond issues have passed by 70-80% majorities every time they have come to an electio.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 4, 2013

    @As-if said, "Please start building some sidewalks instead like real cities"

    There would be a lot more sidewalks everywhere if some "less government" minded folks hadn't worked so hard to remove this requirement from the "poor, over-burdened" real estate developers.

    If it wasn't already obvious, most of the land adjacent to roads, where people could walk, is privately owned. Now, imagine that anytime someone built something new on this type of property (or if they created a whole new neighborhood), they were required to install sidewalks.

  • Groogrux Apr 4, 2013

    I'm out there 4-5 days a week. Do most of my running on the local greenways.

  • Groogrux Apr 4, 2013

    As if,
    you are wrong on that one. Using one of the local high school tracks is considered trespassing. Some have even had security guards.

  • Trekker Apr 4, 2013

    “This was a complete waste of tax payer money. This money could have been used the fix some of the pot holes we have in our roads all over the state.” badnews777

    Judging by the positive responses I’d say it was money very well spent. I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend on all the greenways and the time I spend there benefits my health. Sounds like a win/win.

  • badnews777 Apr 4, 2013

    This was a complete waste of tax payer money. This money could have been used the fix some of the pot holes we have in our roads all over the state.