People walking on the greenway trail


Crabtree Creek Trail Structure #106 New Repairs


Structure #106 has been closed to the public since late 2018 due to damage caused by stream bank erosion. It is a critical link along Crabtree Creek Trail which impacts access by the general public to the entire Capital Area Greenway. This map shows the location of the closed section of trail.

Structure #106 was constructed as part of the Middle Crabtree Creek Greenway project in 2003. The original boardwalk construction incorporated timber pile construction typical of boardwalk design/construction and is consistent with methods applied to other boardwalk structures constructed throughout the Capital Area Greenway System.

At the time of the original construction, the eastern streambank of Crabtree Creek along structure #106 provided adequate stability to support timber pilings with concrete base installations.  Since the completion of this project and over time, the stream banks of Crabtree Creek in this section have become significantly eroded which has caused scouring of the concrete pier footers exposing them and subsequently leading to structural failure.  Additionally, in April 2018, two sections of structure #106 were damaged and repaired as a result of several storm events including Hurricane Matthew.  As part of the latest repairs,  steel pilings were embedded into bedrock rather than the use of timber piles and footers. 

Project Details

Greenways and Trails
Dewberry Engineering Inc. (Design Consultant) Lanier Construction, Co. Inc. (Contractor)



David Bender

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Unit:




This phase is complete.


In 2019, the City of Raleigh City Council approved funding from the two-thirds bond and approved to reroute this section of the Crabtree Creek Trail along the north side of Crabtree Creek to Ratchford Road. The trail alignment will utilize the pavement of Ratchford Road, with protected lanes for travel, and tie back into the existing greenway trail near Capital Boulevard.

This map shows the alignment considered.

Once the final construction plans and permits have been approved, the project will be publicly bid for construction.



Two construction bids were received on October 19, 2020, and the project was re-advertised on October 26, 2020. On November 17, 2020, the Raleigh City Council awarded a construction contract to Lanier Construction, Co. Inc. for the Structure 106 project.

The project includes rerouting this section of Crabtree Creek Trail along the north side of Crabtree Creek to Ratchford Drive. The trail alignment will utilize the pavement of Ratchford Drive, with protected lanes for travel, and tie back into the existing greenway trail near Capital Boulevard. This map shows the alignment considered.


This project is complete!


The Capital Area Greenway System was first adopted by City Council in 1976. This plan proposed a system of linear parks located primarily along rivers, streams, and creeks, and included the opportunity for an interconnected system of pedestrian trails across the region.


Date Activity
September 2020 Complete Design and Permitting
Fall 2020 Bid/advertise bid for construction
January 2021 Start Construction
August 2021 Complete Construction
In accordance with the City of Raleigh Construction Contract Terms with Lanier Construction,  the contractor has been allowed to add several rain days to the project timeline.  In addition, the contractor has been allowed additional workdays to the project timeline to repave the entire width of Ratchford Drive (not just a 13' wide section), add necessary drainage improvements, and remove a section of the existing elevated timber boardwalk to allow the contractor access to install additional drainage.  As with any construction project, weather delays and necessary additional improvements impact the estimated construction completion dates therefore the Crabtree Creek Trail Structure #106 New Repairs project timeline will be extended for an end of August 2021 estimated construction completion date.  

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