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New Greenway to Join Raleigh Homes and Businesses

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RALEIGH — People who live nearCrabtree Valley Mallknow it is difficult to get around on foot. There are few sidewalks and a lot of cars, which makes it hard to enjoy the outdoors. Agreenwayexpected to open next year could change that.

Residents in the busy area of Raleigh will soon have an alternative to driving everywhere. The Crabtree Valley Greenway Trail will give walkers, runners, and bikers the right of way and another way to get around.

The greenway would connect with the existing North Hills Trail, run underneath Glenwood Avenue, follow Crabtree Creek behind the mall, and end at Creedmoor Road.

Unlike the existing trails, and others under construction the Crabtree Trail would be the first to link residential and commercial areas together. It would also be the first trail equipped with lights.

"In this particular area, the area immediately around the mall and at Glenwood Avenue, we do anticipate that people would be on the trail at night," says Richard Bailey, ofRaleigh Parks and Recreation.

Construction is expected to begin in about a month. The greenway should be completed by January or February of next year.

Officials say traffic will not be affected, since most of the construction will take place along the creek.

Eventually there are plans to link the trail up with Umstead Park.


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