New Completion Date Set for White Oak Greenway in Wake County Wednesday, September 19, 2012

RALEIGH — A new completion date of December 2012 has been set for completion of the White Oak Greenway in Cary under the Triangle Expressway. While a section of the Triangle Expressway opened last month, a section of the White Oak Greenway remains closed under the Expressway to allow project engineers time to replace current concrete pieces that were cracking during construction.

As crews installed the concrete pieces to support the new boardwalk, they noticed some cracking and immediately stopped construction. The designer was called and new concrete pieces were placed on order. The new concrete pieces must be custom made.

The North Carolina Turnpike Authority and Raleigh-Durham Roadbuilders have been working closely with the Town of Cary to develop, design and construct a boardwalk that will allow families to have a safe and beautiful greenway.

“Safety is our top priority,” said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “When quality control experts found the issue, we stopped construction immediately. In the end, families will have a safer and longer lasting greenway.”

“We are fortunate the Turnpike became aware of the problem while construction is still underway making it easier to be corrected,” said Paul Kuhn, Parks Planning Manager. “Nearly two miles of White Oak Creek Greenway remain open, providing connectivity to White Oak Park and Davis Drive Park.” Kuhn added that a full list of 27 public parks and natural areas and 60 miles of greenways within Town limits can be found at www.townofcary.org.

The White Oak Creek Greenway originates in the Town of Cary’s Bond Park and will eventually connect to the American Tobacco Trail. The 2.2-mile section west of N.C. 55 to Green Level Church Road was completed in 2008. The crossing for the White Oak Creek Greenway is one of multiple crossings included in the construction of the Triangle Expressway.

For information about the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road-- visit www.ncturnpike.org/projects/Triangle_Expressway.
 
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