With spring approaching and people ready to leave their houses amid state and county stay-at-home orders, many residents of Chapel Hill are making use of local greenways for exercise and entertainment.
That being said, not all parts of every greenway are open. Construction on the Bolin Creek Greenway has been underway for the past year, and the sections going through construction are still closed.
John Richardson, the planning manager for sustainability for Chapel Hill, said the closures are for the safety of residents.
Phillip Fleischmann, director of the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, said two portions of the Bolin Creek Greenway are closed — the 500-foot section of the trail that runs under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and the section along the hill next to the police station property.
Fleischmann said the portion of the trail under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is closed due to safety concerns caused by construction.
“This construction will make it so the trail will go under the street and make it so you won’t have to come up and go to the crosswalk to cross the street, but you can just continue on the trail,” Fleischmann said.
However, there is a detour that residents can use.
“We are asking trail users to take an alternate route to safely detour the work site using Bolinwood Drive and Hillsborough Street to walk around the closures,” Richardson said in an email.
The other portion of the greenway that is under work is closed because of coal ash that needs to be removed before pedestrians can safely use it.