American Tobacco Trail Bridge delayed again

It is almost 2014, and the American Tobacco Trail Bridge is still going nowhere.
December 24, 2013 2:52:51 PM PST
It is almost 2014, and the American Tobacco Trail Bridge is still going nowhere.

Durham city leaders had hoped to open the pedestrian bridge over I-40 by the end of the year, but once again, their deadline will not be met.

Now, runners and cyclists must wait a little longer for the highly anticipated pedestrian bridge to open.

A safety fence is just one of many reasons the project has been delayed. During an inspection last month, city officials grappled with a ponding issue.

"The cables on one side are still slack and they don't have the side pieces in the middle," cyclist Todd Thornton said.

Before that, there were uneven support piers. Also, Mother Nature hasn't cooperated and recent rains have hindered construction.

Outdoor enthusiasts sympathize with yet another delay, but they are looking for a definite date to be able to use the trail.

"I just think they need to communicate these types of things so that you know what's going on," Michael Neuman said.

"And not make promises they can't keep," his wife Katie Neuman said.

The latest promise is late January or early February.

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