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ATT bridge over I-40

I went to a public hearing regarding the bridge to be built over I-40 at Durham City Hall this evening. It was actually a pretty good turnout with about 100 people. This bridge will allow the American Tobacco Trail to cross over a major interstate.

Map of area: http://www.durhamnc.gov/departments/works/pdf/project_am_tob_trail_map01.pdf

Right now they are still in the concept stage and have presented 3 different variations and taking input from everyone right now on that direction to go in. One looks little to futuristic, another one looks just like the one in Raleigh and other one looks like an arch over the entire span of the road with no center supports. It's the last one I like a lot.

Over the summer the concept direction will be set and by fall they should be in the detailed planning stages. This will be really cool when this bridge is built. The proximity to Southpoint is very interesting with lots of residents in the area that will definitely be using the bridge themselves.

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jss1113
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
I'm a little leery about bridges with no center supports (just anchored at each end). Not-so-recent events may be coloring my opinion, however.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I bet that's still fresh in the minds of many people.

The issue here is that there is no real space for a center support. I-40 has a cement barrier separating each side, so building a center support will come a at great cost and the DOT pretty much said no. OTOH, the width across the road is not big enough for a suspension bridge either. A single span or cable-stayed are the the most practical ones right now.
joebehrsandiego
Apr. 30th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Joe - out of curiousity, where is this in relation to where Tom lives, and the American Tobacco complex (baseball stadium etc.)

I was really smitten with central/"old" Durham the times I've visited. It's both charming and cool.
snowboardjoe
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
Here is a beautiful map put together by our local newspaper...

http://tinyurl.com/ytrpaa
billbus
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
And Here is another User Map of the American Tobacco Trail
http://triangletrails.org/ATT.HTM

Just click on the map on the page. Then click on the colored text link below the map for the other side of it.

Happy Trails,

Bill Bussey
Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
joebehrsandiego
Apr. 30th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you - that puts it all in perspective!
plannerbear
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
you know you want the bridge that looks like the one in Raleigh over the Beltline...LOL. Thanks for posting the map, I know the Wake portion of the trail is completed..I hope Chatham finishes soon, its going to be a great trail when completed. You ever been out to the section in Apex?
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