Restarting Greenway Trail Tunnel under MLK Blvd.
Town Manager Roger Stancil has authorized to restart construction of the tunnel under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that connects the Bolin Creek Greenway.
“The community has expressed great interest in the completion of this new portion of a popular trail,” Stancil said. “We appreciate their patience while we sought to be assured about safety and health concerns and ensure we met the requirements of the NC Department of Environmental Quality.”
The contractor currently working on a new portion of the Tanyard Branch Trail from Umstead Park indicates that he can restart the tunnel construction in late April or early May.
UPDATE: Due to permitting requirements, this work is scheduled to begin in July or August.
Most of the tunnel work is completed. Work was delayed due to concerns over an old coal ash disposal site in the area. Recent tests show that environmental issues with the soil are minimal. The project will proceed with steps being taken such as retaining soil that is dug up during the construction for further testing, and proper disposal if needed. Access complete information on the coal ash disposal site: townofchapelhill.org/coal-ash
In June 2017, the Town celebrated the near-completion of Bolin Creek Trail, one of the most challenging sections of the Chapel Hill greenways system. It includes an underpass of Pritchard Avenue, two bridges over Bolin Creek, and many retaining walls. With the tunnel connection, the trail will extend two miles from Umstead Park to the Chapel Hill Community Center.
These greenway projects are funded by a $5 million bond approved by voters in 2015. For more, townofchapelhill.org/greenways