Completed in 2018, this greenway extends along Crabtree Creek for roughly 1.4 miles from Cedar Fork District Park to Evans Road, tying into Cary’s greenway system to the east and providing access to Lake Crabtree and Umstead State Park. There will also be a connection to Hatcher Creek Greenway under Chapel Hill Road completed in 2020.
Crabtree Creek Greenway Bridge Project
The Crabtree Creek Greenway extends along Crabtree Creek for roughly 1.4 miles from Cedar Fork District Park to Evans Road, tying into Cary’s greenway system to the east and providing access to Lake Crabtree and Umstead State Park. Construction on a bridge that will connect to Hatcher Creek Greenway under Chapel Hill Road is scheduled to begin Monday, October 15 with completion scheduled for summer 2020. During construction, NC54 could experience intermittent lane closures during non-peak hours. Morrisville Carpenter Road may also experience intermittent construction traffic, but lane closures are not anticipated.
The North Carolina Railroad (NCRR) announced the partnership with the Town of Morrisville in 2015 and will invest $8.5 million to construct a new railroad bridge over Crabtree Creek in Morrisville, replacing a structure built in 1927. The new railroad bridge includes a provision for a pedestrian greenway to be constructed under the bridge, and allows for a future second track that could be required to maintain freight service, and any future passenger rail. The replacement will also lower maintenance costs. The Town will contribute $1.4 million, bringing the total project cost to $9.9 million.