As construction on the Bolin Creek Trail connector nears its end, pedestrians should seek alternatives to traveling on the bridge between Bolinwood Drive and East Franklin Street, which will be in repairs until September.
Those using wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices cannot use the 2-feet-wide temporary bridge, according to a news release from the Town of Chapel Hill. The release suggested ADA-compliant individuals pursue alternative transport options, including the shared-ride EZ Rider paratransit service, a ride service provided on a reservation basis.
Project Manager Marcia Purvis said the bridge repairs will be done by the end of September, with weather-dependent hopes of earlier completion. In addition to the ADA recommendations, she said she recommended bike riders walk their bikes over the trail.
This small update is part of a larger project to connect the Northside neighborhood with the Chapel Hill Community Center Park, said Town Parks and Recreation Director Phillip Fleischmann. He said this is an equity-focused effort to ensure vehicle-free connectivity to all Chapel Hill residents.
“It’s related to equity in terms of providing better accessibility and access to the Northside neighborhood, as well as really any neighborhood that adjoins the trail, providing better connectivity and alternatives to motor vehicle transportation in town,” Fleischmann said.