At long last, the American Tobacco Trail bridge over Interstate 40 is going into place Saturday night, according to City Hall.
A statement issued this morning states that the bridge is going to be set on its foundations by a crane between midnight and 7 a.m. Sunday, requiring that I-40 be closed to traffic between Fayetteville Road and N.C. 751.
Eastbound traffic will be routed around the Southpoint Mall retail area via Renaissance Parkway, westbound routed onto N.C. 54.
Trail users have been anticipating a connection across the interstate since the American Tobacco Trail opened in 2000. Repeated delays for design, financing, bidding, permitting and construction have held it up ever since – most recently this spring when four of the bridge’s eight piers were discovered to have been built 2.5 feet too tall.
According to the city, completion is still expected in July. Along with the bridge, the the $9 million project includes a 4.2-mile extension to complete the greenway in Durham from the American Tobacco complex to Chatham County.