R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail

John Paces-Wiles,
Senior Construction Project Manager
919-560-4197, ext. 21252


RKBB Project Map

Team Members

DPR & City of Durham Bike & Pedestrian Div.
Kimley Horn
NC Department of Transportation

Current Phase



$3,989,621 Federal Grant
$1,424,410 City of Durham
$5,414,031 Total Budget


Trail Fact Sheet

Expected Completion

Construction starts ~April 2024

Project Description

R. Kelly Bryant was a long-time civil rights activist and Durham Open Space and Trails Commission member. Click here to learn more: https://indyweek.com/news/durham/bridge-bridge/

The R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail is an approximately three-mile trail planned for southeastern/eastern Durham. It will connect the existing Rock
y Creek Trail on Dakota Street north to the Drew/Granby Park located on Drew Street in Durham. The Trail will connect and provide safe transportation and recreation between the existing Rocky Creek Greenway, Elmira Park, N.C. Central University, Burton Park, the McDougald Terrace neighborhood, Burton Elementary School, the R. Kelly Bryant Pedestrian Bridge over NC 147, E. Main Street, Angier Avenue, the Eastway Neighborhood, Eastway Elementary, and Long Meadow and East End Parks. 

Public Notice

Public parks are protected under Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966. When a project that uses federal funding impacts public park property, the public is provided an opportunity to comment on these impacts. At Burton, Long Meadow, East End and Drew/Granby Parks, the R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail is being constructed by the City of Durham through park properties by the City of Durham. Sidewalks will also be constructed in some areas along the parks’ borders, connecting to the overall sidewalk and trail network and serving an additional function beyond the park. These impacts are considered Section 4(f) resource impacts because they use park property but do not solely serve the parks, since they connect to the greater sidewalk/trail network.

Based on the proposed project impacts to Burton, Long Meadow, East End and Drew/Granby Parks, which are Section 4(f) resources under the U.S. Department of Transportation Act, The City of Durham and the Federal Highway Administration propose to make a Section 4(f) de minimis determination. This means that the proposed project would not adversely affect the qualities, activities, features, or attributes of the resource that qualify it for protection under Section 4(f).

A public comment period related to impacts to these protected resources is required. If you have comments during the public comment period from November 7 – November 21 related to the project impacts to the Section 4(f) resources, please send them to John Paces-Wiles, [email protected]

R. Kelly Bryant Bridge


R. Kelly Bryant Bridge


Alston Avenue & Lawson Street Intersection

RKBB Alston Avenue_Lawson Street Intersection

Lakeland Street & Ridgeway Avenue Intersection

RKBB Lakeland Street_Ridgeway Avenue Intersection

Lakeland Street Approach

RKBB Lakeland Street Approach

Off Road at Mathison Street

RKBB Off Road Section at end of Mathison Street