Parks

Lake Johnson Loop Trail

Repaving and Drainage Improvements

The Lake Johnson Loop Trail Project includes repaving and improving drainage conditions along a one-mile section of the existing paved section of the Walnut Creek Trail that runs between the Lake Johnson Waterfront Center, on the north side of Lake Johnson, and the dam located adjacent to Lake Dam Road. This segment is located on what’s commonly referred to as Lake Johnson’s East Loop Trail. 

Project Details

 
Type:
Greenways and Trails
Budget:
$684,565,31
Contractors:
Dewberry Engineers, Inc (Design, Bidding Assistance and Construction Administration); State Contracting, Inc. (Contractor)

Planning

This phase is complete.

Design

In the summer of 2018, the City contracted with the consulting firm Dewberry Engineers, Inc. to provide professional services for improving sections of the Lake Johnson Loop Trail. The consultant is scheduled to present preliminary construction plans for review by the City in Fall 2019. The final determination of which sections to be paved will be dependent on final construction cost and available funding. The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will schedule a public information meeting this summer during the West District Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) meeting to review and comment on proposed design plans to repave and improve portions of the Lake Johnson Loop Trail. Public notices and information signs will be posted along the trail to inform the public of the meeting schedule.
In the summer of 2018, the City contracted with Dewberry Engineers, Inc. to provide professional services for improving sections of the Lake Johnson Loop Trail. The consultant is scheduled to present preliminary construction plans, for review by the City, in Fall 2019. The final determination of which sections to be paved will be dependent on final construction costs and available funding.

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department will schedule a public information meeting this summer, during the West District Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) meeting, to review and comment on proposed design plans to repave and improve portions of the Lake Johnson Loop Trail. Public notices and information signs will be posted along the trail to inform the public of the meeting schedule.

 

Construction

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department advertised the construction bid for the Lake Johnson Loop Trail Repaving and Improvement Project on May 7, 2020. Five bids were received and opened on June 9, 2020. The lowest, most responsive, responsible bidder was State Contracting, Inc. 

Construction will begin September 2020 and will close this section of trail anticipated to re-open in Spring 2021. During this time, the paved trail located on the south side of Lake Johnson, between the dam and the Lake Johnson Waterfront Center, will remain open as will the entire unpaved West Loop Trail.

In order to make these improvements, tree removal along this segment is proposed. Staff has coordinated this project with Urban Forestry staff for compliance with City code and policy. Development and maintenance along the Capital Area Greenway system come with varying degrees of disturbance, however, staff works hard to balance the protection/conservation of trees while providing safe and quality amenities to our citizens. Urban Forestry staff will work with the contractor to help make adjustments, alterations and ensure compliance throughout the project.

Complete

Phase details coming soon.


History

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.

Schedule

Date Activity
Fall 2018 Preliminary Construction Plans Complete
Summer 2019 Public Information Meeting
Late Summer 2019 Final Construction Plans Complete
May 2020 Bid/Advertise Bid for Construction
September 2020 Start of Construction
Spring 2021 Estimated Construction Completion

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