Pouring rain, hail, American Tobacco Trail out to bid: all signs Harold Camping was one week off on rapture pick
The pouring, dousing, heavy rain outside with hail bits flying, and flooding on local roads like University Dr., Alston Ave. and the like?
By itself, nothing to worry about. An isolated moment of nature's fury, nothing more.
Add to that breaking news today that the American Tobacco Trail's Phase E is going out to bid on Tuesday, May 31?
Truly, taking this news in toto: a sign of the apocalypse!
Yes, the long, long, long delayed "missing link" in the ATT -- which will connect from the trail's current end at NC 54 down to I-40, cross I-40 at the Streets of Southpoint Mall with a pedestrian bridge, and then provide a smooth surface to the Durham-Chatham Co. line, joining up eventually with regional trails all the way to Cary and Raleigh -- is moving forward after nearly a decade's time has passed since the first segment opened.
The move comes after the completion of a number of environmental permit reviews.
Technically, the project is expected to be let for bid on May 31. A pre-bid meeting with contractors follows, with the City opening bids at the end of June. NCDOT will then review the bid -- one of the priciest segment of the work, after all, is the pedestrian bridge crossing the Interstate -- before construction gets underway this fall.
The project is set to be complete sometime in 2012 -- just in time, naturally, for the Mayan apocalypse.
It's great news that the project is moving forward, and kudos to the City and other governmental entities for helping to move the ATT onward to completion.
Even if it's a project that you thought would only get done when pigs fly.
Hey, wait. Today's the day that Durham officials auctioned off some pigs... pigs that flew off the back of a truck on I-540, and who today are "flying" down to a Florida animal rights activist.
Well, I guess it did happen when pigs flew, huh?