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Tobacco Trail bridge over I-40 opens

Posted February 20, 2014
Updated February 21, 2014

The American Tobacco Trail in Durham is popular with joggers, bicyclists and families.

— The long-awaited American Tobacco Trail Bridge over Interstate 40 is open, Durham officials said Thursday.

The 270-foot-long pedestrian bridge is located west of Fayetteville Road, and the connection to the trail heading south is in the parking lot near Southpoint Cinemas at The Streets at Southpoint. A second access point, with parking, is about a quarter-mile farther south on Fayetteville Road.

Construction on the bridge began in 2012 and was set to be completed last summer. A number of factors, ranging from wet weather to issues with the safety fencing, delayed the project for eight months, but it still was finished within its $11 million budget.

In the meantime, 4.2 miles of trail opened to the public in October.

The bridge is the second bicycle/pedestrian bridge in the United States with an arch-support, stress-ribbon design. Its completion means the American Tobacco Trail now extends from N.C. Highway 54 at Fayetteville Road to the Chatham County line and beyond. It also fills a link in the East Coast Greenway, which runs from Florida to Maine.


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  • SomewhereLeftOfRTP Feb 24, 2014

    The bridge, and the trail sections leading to it, were PACKED this past weekend! It looks like a lot of people are excited to have it finally available.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 21, 2014

    immaannoid said, "[the pedestrian bridge] doesn't alleviate *any* traffic from I-40."

    Neither do sidewalks. What's your point?...other than cars are the center of *your* universe?

    And, you do know that you have *some* control over traffic, right? You've heard the term "rush hour" and know that it occurs during certain times of certain days? And, you chose to live XX miles from the places you frequent...like work? Not sure how your choices (like where to live & when to drive) are suddenly someone else's problem... care to elaborate?

  • Imma Annoid Feb 21, 2014
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    I doesn't alleviate *any* traffic from I-40.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 20, 2014

    Another waste of tax dollars by our incompetent NC DOT.

  • ConservativeVoter Feb 20, 2014

    How much money from the Highway Trust Fund got misappropriated to this bridge instead of being spent on highway infrastructure.

  • Thomas Williams Feb 20, 2014
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    I drive under this thing every day. No telling how much this thing cost. They have been working on it for well over a year now. Labor costs must be astronomical by now.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 20, 2014

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    Do you understand the concept of "pedestrian and bike trail"...and maybe how it might be a little different than a highway road lane?

    Or, do you just want more people and bikes on the roads with the cars?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 20, 2014

    Woohoo! I can't wait to ride it. :-)

  • Sachseek Feb 20, 2014

    Durham is a wonderful & progressive city-I believe we make the neighbors feel jealous ;)

  • genna Feb 20, 2014

    Wow, there are some cynical people in this town!