Portions of some Cary greenways will be closed for several months to a year for repairs following a storm that hit the area in mid-July.
“Cary was kind of in the eye of the storm” said Paul Kuhn, the town’s facilities design and construction manager at an Aug. 11 meeting. “Town Hall has rain gauges, and it received 6.5 inches of rain within four hours.”
The areas of greatest impact from the July 16-17 storm were north of U.S. 1/64, west of Interstate 40 and east of N.C. 540, according to town staff.
As a result, staff expect parts of Cary’s Black Creek Greenway and Hinshaw Greenway to be closed until this fall because of significant damages.
But damages to a bridge and sewer lines along the Bond Park Lake Loop Trails and a boardwalk along the Green Hope School Greenway are expected to take much longer to fix – possibly up to a year.
At the August meeting, the Cary Town Council approved appropriating $630,000 from town reserves to pay for these repairs, along with fixes to 14 town facilities, which also were damaged by the heavy rain.
“I think we have all heard from citizens that experienced a lot of the damage,” councilman Don Frantz said. “This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime type storms. I mean it’s unfortunate, but our citizens expect this to be resolved. They want the greenways fixed.”
Black Creek Greenway, one of the town’s longest and most popular greenways, will cost $135,000 to fix. The 7.1-mile trail runs from Lake Crabtree at the Old Reedy Creek Trailhead to the greenway hub at Fred G. Metro Bond Park, but it will be closed only from West Dynasty Drive to Old Reedy Creek Road.
Hinshaw Greenway, which connects Maynard Drive to Marla Dorrel Park, is closed from Greenwood Circle to Seabrook Avenue and is expected to cost $35,000 to fix.
Before the council’s vote, Kuhn showed council members photos of the damages to these two greenways.
“You can see the asphalt was literally just peeled away due to the velocity of the water, and then it was deposited kind of in the woods nearby,” he said. “All this needs to be cleaned up.”
The town has a longer term solution to ensure that these two greenways would be able to withstand future storm events, Kuhn added.
Other greenways, trails and town facilities that were damaged by the July storm were:
▪ Green Hope School Greenway, which runs adjacent to The Oaks at Highcroft subdivision to Highcroft Elementary School. It is closed for repair from Briardale Avenue to Sears Farm Road to repair a boardwalk. The footings need to be replaced, which is expected to cost $230,000.
▪ Bond Park Lake Trail from White Oak Creek Greenway to Oxxford Hunt Greenway to allow crews to remove and replace a bridge and repair sewer lines. The damaged to this bridge occurred over a longer period of time and multiple storms. This is expected to cost $150,000.
▪ About 14 town buildings and two stormwater culverts also were impacted.
“We had high water at Bond Park. We had mud and other debris across parking lots and had water that backed up into some of our facilities that damaged the flooring and other things,” Kuhn said.
Staff estimates only $15,000 may be covered by insurance.
For updates on closures, search “Parks and Greenways” at townofcary.org.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon