Culbreth Road meeting scheduled

May. 20, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

The Town of Chapel Hill will hold a public information meeting to discuss the impacts of the Morgan Creek Trail Improvement Project, including the upcoming closure of Culbreth Road, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Culbreth Middle School, 225 Culbreth Road.

Town staff members will make a brief presentation and will be available to answer questions and address concerns, including changes to Chapel Hill Transit bus routes.

This $1.458 million project will construct about 1,200 feet of trail with two bridges and an underpass of Culbreth Road. Construction began in late April and is expected to be completed by Nov. 30.

Once completed, the combined Fan Branch Morgan Creek Trails will be the longest paved trail system in Orange County and will allow unbroken travel from the Southbridge neighborhood to Southern Community Park. The trail will also serve Southern Village and Scroggs School. A spur trail provides access to Merritt's Pasture.

In order to install the pedestrian tunnel under Culbreth Road, it will be necessary to close the eastern end of Culbreth Road from June 8 to Aug. 25. Culbreth Road will be completely closed on its east end (near Highway 15-501) to all traffic including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. There will be no Fan Branch Trail access to Culbreth Road. This closure is necessary to install a segmented concrete tunnel in time to reopen the road for the 2013-14 school year.

For more information, contact Bill Webster, assistant director of parks and recreation, at bwebster@townofchapelhill.org or 919-968-2819. More information about this and other summer road construction projects is available at www.townofchapelhill.org/traffic.