Ten months after Hurricane Matthew, greenway trails in Raleigh remain closed in areas where boardwalks were destroyed by flooding.
The Crabtree Creek Greenway is truncated by two bridge closures between Capital Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue. City officials expect the bridges to be replaced in late November.
Bridge 106, behind Murphy Motor Co. off Capital near the Beltline, had to be partially demolished due to flood-related damage, according to Lisa Potts, senior greenway planner with the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.
“What was initially anticipated to be a quick boardwalk repair ended up requiring a full realignment of structure 106, which significantly extended the closure time due to the additional engineering, surveying, permitting, etc.,” Potts wrote in an email.
Half a mile south, Bridge 104, near Raleigh Boulevard, also remains closed, Potts said.
FEMA funding will be allocated for repairs to Bridge 104, Potts said, and may be used to fix the partially-demolished Bridge 106 as well. If not, the city will pay for it.
Mark Bertrand, a salesman at Murphy Motor Co., sees about 30 people using the trails every day. They all inevitably run into a dead end, where the boardwalk abruptly ends. Where Bridge 106 once stood there is a boarded-up section of the trail, with three warning signs and a band of caution tape.
The city is awaiting bids for the reconstruction work. Meanwhile, Potts said there are no safe detour routes available in the interim.
Bertrand said he hopes the bridges are built more sturdily.
“Whenever we get a really bad flood, like Hurricane Matthew, everything in the creek’s way is just gone,” he said.
The Crabtree Creek Greenway isn’t the only trail in the Triangle that has been closed since Hurricane Matthew. The Neuse River Greenway Trail is closed where it crosses Marks Creek near the Riverwood subdivision in Clayton.
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