Cary Opens Bids for Stretch of White Oak Creek Greenway

The Town of Cary has opened invitation for bids on construction of the Macarthur section of the town’s White Oak Creek Greenway. Town officials said sealed bids must be submitted no later than 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to the Town of Cary at the office of the Transportation & Facilities Department. Bids will be opened and read publicly for the furnishing of materials, labor, and equipment. The project will include construction of 0.5 miles of pedestrian improvements consisting of approximately 1,191 feet of concrete greenway, 102 feet of pedestrian tunnel under CSXT railroad, 916 feet of concrete boardwalk, and 355 feet of concrete sidewalk. The project will also include improvements for pedestrian infrastructure at the Davis Drive and Park Village Drive intersection, minor utility construction, grading, drainage, paving, erosion control, and landscaping. Cary’s White Oak Greenway originates in Bond Park and currently consists of segments of trail that extend 4.7 miles from Bond Park to Green Level Church Road in the west of Cary. When completed, White Oak Creek Greenway, together with the Black Creek Greenway, will extend over a distance of 14 miles and connect to the American Tobacco Trail, Durham, Bond Park, Lake Crabtree County Park, Umstead State Park, and Raleigh. The trail is also part of the planned East Coast Greenway, which will eventually extend from Maine to Florida.

State Lawmakers Form School Safety Committee

Lawmakers at the North Carolina state legislature plan to form a committee this week to review safety standards and procedures in North Carolina’s schools. The measure was announced by House speaker Tim Moore following news of a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people there. A spokesman for Mr. Moore said the committee, titled the House Select Committee on School Safety will examine safety regulations in place in North Carolina’s elementary, middle and high schools and make recommendations on possible statutory and non-statutory changes to ensure the safety of students, teachers and other school personnel at North Carolina schools.

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NCDOT to Hold Meetings on Southeast Extension

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has planned a series of public meetings on the proposed Southeast Extension of the Triangle Expressway public meetings in coming months to “provide information on the project, share the preliminary design of the project and gather feedback from the public.” The project, known as Complete 540, would extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale, to complete the Interstate 540 outer loop around the greater Raleigh area. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.2 billion and is scheduled for completion by 2027. Members of the public interested in participating in the meetings can obtain more information from the Department of Transportation at (800) 554-7849. In December, the Federal Highway Administration approved the final Environmental Impact Statement that was prepared for the Complete 540 project.

Raleigh Makes List of Locations for Amazon’s 2nd Headquarters

Raleigh is among the contenders on Amazon’s list of 20 finalist cities for the location of the company’s 2nd headquarters. Raleigh is the smallest municipality on the list, which also includes major urban centers like Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia and New York City. The project is expected create more than 50,000 jobs and bring more than $5 billion in investment. The finalists list was announced from among 238 initial applicants, of which 3 others were also located in North Carolina.

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