NEW GREENWAY BRIDGE BEING DELIVERED TOMORROW MORNING!
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28, 2018
PLEASE REMOVE ANY PARKED CARS ON CHARLESTON TONIGHT (TUESDAY NIGHT)!
A GIANT TRUCK CARRYING THE 80ft. LONG BRIDGE SPAN
WILL BACK DOWN CHARLESTON FROM THE RIVERWOOD FOUNTAIN/TRAFFIC CIRCLE
DRIVEWAYS ALONG CHARLESTON DRIVE MAY BE BLOCKED FOR ROUGHLY 15 MINUTES AT A TIME
AS THE TRUCK BACKS DOWN TO THE GREENWAY
What’s happening? The greenway bridge is arriving in ONE PIECE! It’s a pre-fabricated steel bridge span and will be carried on a giant truck to the greenway path to replace the old bridge damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The floodwaters picked up and damaged that greenway bridge near Marks Creek and the Charleston Drive access.
Why did this take so long? The Town of Clayton secured funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and obtained environmental and safety approvals at the state level. Early this month, the old bridge was demolished and removed. Concrete has been poured to prepare for the arrival of the new bridge. This entire process took significant time because the Town didn’t build the original bridge and in order to pursue federal government dollars there were significant layers of approval for the Town that complicated a speedy replacement. The original bridge was not engineered to withstand great floods, so, for the sake of our popular and valuable greenway system, we demanded a design and build that will hopefully withstand future weather events to prevent this from happening again.
How will this affect residents? On Wednesday morning, you may be blocked in your driveway for as much as 15 minutes as the truck carefully backs down Charleston. The contract crews specifically waited until 9:30 to begin the careful process so that students could walk to school and families can get out to work or morning appointments. We sincerely thank all of the residents in Riverwood and along Charleston Drive for their patience with the increased activity and construction zone now at the greenway bridge construction site/area. At times,crews are using chainsaws and other heavy equipment to remove the damaged bridge and hoist in the new bridge. Dump trucks have been hauling out the old bridge and bringing in new materials. Crews marked the public easements and have been working to focus their work and disturb private property as much as possible.
How much longer before the bridge will be opened? Once the bridge is in place, crews need to secure it and pave the greenway up to meet the bridge. If weather cooperates, it will be the middle or end of March when the public will be able to use this brand new, improved pedestrian bridge for biking and walking the greenway. Crews will continue to clean up the construction area, the greenway access and the grass and pathways of nearby homes. For updates on progress, feel free to email info@TownofClaytonNC.org.
Can we still use the trail? In the past, greenway users have been able to walk just to the side of the damaged bridge to connect to the other side of the trail, however, through mid to the end of March, THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC ACCESS THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION AREA. There will be fencing to keep people out of the work area and all users will be directed by signage to detour on public streets to meet back up with the greenway on the other side of the construction. The detour is 9/10th of a mile and would lead bicyclists, runners or hikers onto Charleston, Mantle, Mattingly and Sarazen Drive.
We want to thank everyone for your continued patience as the Town of Clayton completes this long-awaited project. If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to reach out to me – my cell phone is always on!