Bolin Creek Trail Phase 3A Construction

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To celebrate National Trails Day, the Grand Open ceremony for the Bolin Creek Trail, Phase 3 will be held on June 3, 2017. See Grand Opening Announcement. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 am in Umstead Park (399 Umstead Drive). The ceremony will be followed by hikes of the Bolin Creek and Tanyard Branch Trails.



Work on the Bolin Creek Trail started on June 29, 2015. This project will extend the existing Bolin Creek Trail to the west to Umstead Park. The project will involve an underpass of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. an underpass of Pritchard Avenue, two bridges over Bolin Creek, and many retaining walls. This project will be perhaps the most challenging trail construction effort the Town will ever undertake. Construction will take place on steep slopes next to a major stream, involve rock, and take place within tight construction corridors. However, once complete the trail will allow for much easier future extensions into UNC’s Carolina North property, Carrboro and northwest Chapel Hill.

You can follow this project by accessing the Bolin Creek Trail Phase 3A Story Map. As the project moves forward we will add new text and photographs to document progress and issues as they arise. If you have any questions or suggestions related to the Story Map please let us know. To use the Story Map we recommend that you use + control in order to see greater detail. You can than click on the information and picture bottoms for additional information and images.

Pritchard Avenue Road Closure- Pritchard Avenue will be closed near its intersection with Umstead Road starting in mid-October. The closure will last about 2 months. The closure is needed to allow installation of a pedestrian/bicycle tunnel under Pritchard Avenue. The road will be reopened as soon as possible.

Construction Progress - Most of the work between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Pritchard Avenue is now complete. Two bridges over Bolin Creek have been installed. Here are some photos showing construction progress.

 2 Big wall      between Umstead and MLK


Flooding - The construction site was affected by a series of floodwaters starting in October 2015. Damage has been minimal. This is a reminder that the finished trail will occasionally be closed due to high water.

Bolin Creek flooding 2015 10 034    Bolin Creek flooding 2015 10 015

Umstead Park Bridge Removal: The old wood bridge in Umstead Park was replaced by a modern steel structure. This bridge provides access to the Tanyard Branch Trail.

1 old bridge Umstead Pk1 Umstead Bridge Finished

















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