A metal fence topped with barbed wire has kept Carrboro residents from using a path for four years — but if some officials and activists have their way, that barrier will soon come down.
Town officials are questioning whether a fence constructed by the Estes Park apartment complex can legally block a right of way.
The fence, constructed in 2008 to secure the apartment complex, separates it from the train tracks and surrounding woods.
Estes Park Manager Natasha Johnson said the fence was built to reduce crime in the complex.
But Carrboro police crime statistics for the apartments indicate that there hasn’t been a significant reduction in burglary, larceny or motor vehicle theft since 2008.
Johnson said the fence also keeps children from playing on the adjacent train tracks, which was a concern for many residents.
But it has caused problems for residents who bike and walk.
A padlocked gate along the east side of the neighborhood blocks a path that connected the Estes Park and Village West developments to downtown Carrboro and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Ruby Sinreich, a resident who has lived less than half a mile away from Estes Park in Village West since 2006, used the right of way to get to Weaver Street Market in downtown Carrboro.