Tanyard Branch Phase 3 is the last connection that gave trail users access to downtown Chapel Hill from the Bolin Creek trail that previously reached from Estes Drive up to Umstead Park. The trail had been on the Town’s Bike plan as a high priority. Stewart designed a trail that preserves much of the forest it winds through and restores several sections of erosion. Many coordination meetings were held with the Town’s Urban Forester, OWASA, and the general public.
During construction, Stewart identified a potential future erosion control issue. Rock excavated during construction was used on-site to stabilize slopes and strengthen the integrity of the creek bank.
The newly-opened trail includes a prefabricated steel bridge to establish a neighborhood greenway connector, retaining walls with decorative landscaping, short boardwalk segments, and a pre-cast concrete boardwalk section with decorative handrails designed by a local Chapel Hill artist.
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