DURHAM — After months of delays, walkers, runners and bicyclists on the American Tobacco Trail have a safe way to cross Interstate 40 with the opening of the trail’s bridge near The Streets at Southpoint mall.
The 270-foot-long bridge, just west of Fayetteville Road, was the final link connecting the two ends of the trail, which now runs uninterrupted for 22 miles from downtown Durham into rural Chatham and Wake counties.
Construction on the bridge began in 2012 and was scheduled to be completed last summer, but wet weather and construction errors led to eight months of delays.
The $11 million Durham project also included 4.2 miles of new trail, which opened last October. The trail now is paved for its entirety in Durham County, including the bridge’s steel-tube arches over the interstate.