Bolin Creek Trail Construction to Resume

Post Date:10/01/2019 10:41 AM

Construction of a section of the Bolin Creek Trail will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 2. This work will complete a 550-foot gap in the trail east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Construction of the missing trail section east of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard has been delayed due to several unusually wet years and the discovery of coal ash on the nearby Police Department property. Since the Town of Chapel Hill has undertaken environmental remediation this summer ( trail construction is able to resume. The contractor will use special techniques when working in the area below the coal ash deposit. Excavated soils will be removed to a special landfill.

The first phase of construction will be to complete the in-stream work needed to bring the trail out of Bolin Creek onto the Police Department property. That work is expected to take about two weeks.

Once the in-stream work is complete, the trail will be extended eastward to Bolinwood Drive.

Part of the project will involve improvements to the existing trail. Crews will replace the old asphalt trail between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Bolinwood Drive with concrete to better withstand future floods. The existing trail will be moved further from Bolin Creek in at least one location. The 21-year-old wood decking on the bridge will also be replaced.

The project is expected to take about four months to complete, assuming reasonable weather.

During the trail construction the trail will be closed between Bolinwood Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Please do not enter construction areas.

For more information about the project, contact Bill Webster at

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