Ask and ye shall receive, dear reader. No sooner had that comment appeared than did longtime bike/ped activist Dan Clever write in with the alert that updated renderings and information on the ATT/I-40 crossing had just been posted to the city's web site.
Steven Grover & Associates from Berkeley, CA -- whose firm led the discussions on bridge concepts during the planning phase for the efforts -- appears on the construction drawings along with engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The final design is scheduled to be submitted this summer, with the City looking to advertise for the construction of the bridge -- and the remaining Phase E segment of the ATT that accompanies it, from NC 54 to the Chatham County line -- in December. Construction completion is still pegged for December 2010.
The bridge, a more simplified design than some of the other candidates initially unveiled, will be a steel arch with a Tnemec or similar industrial/architectural coating. A cable overhang at the top and mesh-infill along the sides will provide the walls of the structure.
Meanwhile, "substructure uplights" should provide illumination from below of the structure, while some form of accent lighting is planned for the concrete posts at the abutments on both sides of the interstate highway.
Interestingly, the bridge plans already reference a "future I-40 widened condition" -- suggesting planners and architects are already looking forward to a groanworthy future expansion of the south Durham arterial.
North of I-40, the trail will run along Highgate Dr. before entering undeveloped land and easements along the interstate.
The bridge will provide a crossing roughly in the middle of the Streets of Southpoint property, leading from neighborhoods north of I-40 to a trail that will run along the berm and landscaped area near the north-side edge road of the regional shopping center.
From there, the trail will skirt the edge of the Southpoint property, running past the Sears Auto Center to Renaissance Pkwy, where a signalized pedestrian crossing will be added. After passing west of Kentington Heights, the trail will pass along the north side of the suburban tract Chancellor's Ridge neighborhood, crossing to the east side of Fayetteville Rd. and curving towards Herndon Rd. before crossing south of Scott King Rd. to the Chatham line.