Business & Economy
5:37 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

American Tobacco Trail's I-40 Pedestrian Bridge Goes Up This Weekend

An artist rendering of the ATT bridge over I-40.
Credit City of Durham

Structural engineers will put a pedestrian bridge over I-40 this weekend.  Work crews will stay busy overnight Sunday to install the addition to the historic American Tobacco Trial.  The bridge is a major step in adding four miles to the American Tobacco Trail that connects the existing portion to a stretch that ends at the Chatham County line.

Ed Venable, an engineer on the bridge placement project,  says I-40 will have to be shut down to put this bridge --  now in four sections -- in place.

North Carolina DOT Project : EL-2921E including the ATT bridge
Credit durhamnc.gov

"There'll be a local detour so you'll have to exit on Fayetteville Road or on 751 and if you're commuting from state to state you'll see the sign out to use 147 as a bypass to completely miss the entire construction," Venable says.

The total cost of the project is $9 million.  Engineers have targeted July as a completion date for the installation, and a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new trail bridge is set for August.