Pedestrian Plan Status Updates

Update, April 6, 2018:

The Town of Duck continues to see great progress toward completion of its first phase of pedestrian improvements along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village.

Construction activity will continue to be minimal next week as Barnhill will be repairing irrigation systems early in the week. Thursday and Friday they plan to continue back-filling and dressing areas along the path. While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane. Please be alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass through the construction area.

The project area is still an active construction site. Whether walking, biking, or driving, please be alert for hazards and travel safely.

Update, March 30, 2018:

There has been significant progress toward completion of the first phase of pedestrian improvements along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village. Over the past week, Barnhill Contracting completed grading improvements to ensure a smooth transition for the sidewalk at many road intersections.  Barnhill also focused on neatening up the project area in time for the busy Easter weekend.

Construction activity will be minimal next week as Barnhill will be repairing some irrigation systems and touching up several areas prior to final grading and stabilizing the banks adjoining the sidewalk.  They do not plan to engage in any activities requiring traffic stoppage or redirection and plan to wait until after Easter week to begin construction of the two gateway medians in the center lane north and south of Duck Village.

The project area is still an active construction site.  Whether walking, biking, or driving, please be alert for hazards and travel safely as you pass through the construction area.

Update, March 23, 2018:

The Town of Duck has seen great progress toward completion of its first phase of pedestrian improvements along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village. Over the past week Barnhill Contracting finished pouring concrete for the last sections of sidewalk south of Twiddy Realty to Scarborough Lane.

Over the next couple of weeks, construction activity will be minimal as Barnhill will be repairing some irrigation systems and touching up several areas prior to final grading and stabilizing the banks adjoining the sidewalk. Barnhill plans to wait until after Easter week to begin construction of the two gateway medians in the center lane north and south of Duck Village.

While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane. Please be alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass through the construction area.

Update, March 16, 2018:

Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village continues making progress. Over the past week Barnhill Contracting poured concrete for the new driveway entrances and sidewalks. The short stretches of sidewalk connecting the northern end of the project to the sidewalk at Duck Deli were completed.

During the week of March 19 the will complete the sidewalk at the southern end of the project from Aqua Restaurant and Spa to Twiddy Realty.

While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane. Please be alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass through the construction area.

Update, March 9, 2018:

Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village has been proceeding rapidly. It’s been exciting to see the final project take shape as the sidewalks are formed and poured with concrete. Over the past week, Barnhill Contracting completed another long stretch of sidewalk from Kellogg Hardware to a point beyond Marlin Drive to the north. Driveways have been regraded and repaved in several other locations to accommodate the grade of the sidewalk. Thanks to careful coordination, access has not been blocked to any businesses during this process.

During the week of March 12th, Barnhill Contracting will continue to pour concrete for the new driveway entrances and sidewalks. Areas of work include a short stretch of sidewalk connecting the northern end of the project to the sidewalk at Duck Deli, several small sections of sidewalks/driveways in between, and the southern end of the project from Aqua Restaurant and Spa to Twiddy Realty.

While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane. Please be alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass through the construction area.

Update, March 2, 2018:

Despite a stoppage for weather conditions on Thursday, construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village has been progressing steadily.  Over the past week, Barnhill Contracting completed a long stretch of sidewalk from Twiddy Realty on the southern end to Kellogg Hardware at the north.  Driveways have been regraded/repaved in several other locations to accommodate the project.  Thanks to careful coordination, access has not been blocked to any businesses during this process.

During the week of March 5th, Barnhill Contracting will complete most of its form work north and south of the completed area and continue to pour concrete for the new driveway entrances and stretches of the sidewalks.

While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane.  Please continue using caution, be alert, and drive slowly and safely as you pass through the construction area.

Update, February 23, 2018:

Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village hit several milestones during the past week.  The warmer weather on Tuesday and Wednesday allowed Barnhill Contracting to pave the eight-foot (8’) wide asphalt shared use path the southernmost portion of the project between the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa and existing Duck Trail in front of Four Seasons to the south.  They also completed the removal of existing asphalt outside of the four-foot (4’) wide bike lane, digging/filling a trench for landscaping, and grading the adjoining five-foot (5’) section for the sidewalk.  Progress was made on laying and compacting the stone base for the sidewalks.  The first sections of sidewalk were poured in the area of the Cotton Gin and Loblolly Pines shopping center.  Thanks to careful coordination, access has not been blocked to any businesses during this process.

During the week of February 26th, Barnhill Contracting will continue to place the stone base, then form and pour concrete for the new driveway entrances and stretches of the sidewalks.  They will also be pouring many of the new concrete driveway aprons as they proceed through those areas.  It’s exciting to see the final form of the project take shape as the sidewalks are installed.

While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane.  Please continue to stay alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass through the construction area.

Update, February 16, 2018:
Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village saw substantial progress during the past week.  Barnhill Contracting completed most of the detailed, fine grading for the project.  This portion of the project includes removal of existing asphalt outside of the four-foot (4’) wide bike lane, digging an infiltration trench for the landscaping, adding a stone base, filling the trench will a soil mix for future planting, and grading the adjoining five-foot (5’) section for the sidewalk.  A paved portion of driveways at Scarborough Faire, Twiddy Realty, Cotton Gin, Loblolly Pines, Roadside Bar & Grill, Kellogg Hardware, PNC Bank, and the residence by Duck Deli were removed as part of this process to regrade the driveways consistent with the designed grade of the sidewalk.  Thanks to careful coordination, access has not been blocked to any businesses during this process.  Barnhill also completed its construction on a block retaining wall located by the Scarborough Faire/Scarborough Lane properties.  The contractors are still working with utility companies on moving utility lines during the grading process.

During the week of February 19th, Barnhill Contracting will be placing the stone base, then forming and pouring concrete for the new driveway entrances and stretches of the sidewalks.  In addition, the forecasted fair weather on Tuesday and Wednesday may allow Barnhill Contracting to pave an eight-foot (8’) wide asphalt shared use path the southernmost portion of the project between the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa and existing Duck Trail in front of Four Seasons to the south.

While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane.  Please be alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass through the construction area.

Update, February 9, 2018:
Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village is continuing.  During the past week, Barnhill Contracting completed the more detailed, fine grading from the Cotton Gin northward to the BP Station/Coastal Cravings.  This portion of the project includes removal of existing asphalt outside of the four-foot (4’) wide bike lane, digging an infiltration trench for the landscaping, adding a stone base, filling the trench will a soil mix for future planting, and grading the adjoining five-foot (5’) section for the sidewalk.  A paved portion of several driveways will also be removed as part of this process to regrade driveways consistent with the grade of the sidewalk.

Dominion Energy has also been moving lines in several areas to accommodate the new sidewalk.  During the fine grading process, the contractors have run across challenges with utility lines, street/driveway crossings, and other grading issues.  To help resolve these issues, Town officials and VHB Engineering are conducting site visits to meet with the contractor, utility companies, and business/property owners throughout the project to develop appropriate solutions.

During the week of February 12th, Barnhill Contracting will continue its fine grading northward to the Duck Deli property.  After Dominion Energy reorients a power line, Barnhill also plans to complete construction on a block retaining wall to be located by the Scarborough Faire/Scarborough Lane properties.  While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, there may be a traffic lane shift to the middle lane.  Please stay alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass the construction area.

Barnhill Contracting has completed its grading and site preparations in the southernmost portion of the project between Four Seasons and the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa.  This section of the project will consist of an eight-foot (8’) wide shared use path extending the existing Duck Trail to the south.  This portion of the pathway is now ready for asphalt surfacing, which must be completed on a relatively warm, fair-weather day.

Update, February 2, 2018:

Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village has been moving at a rapid pace.  During the past week, Barnhill Contracting completed its initial rough excavation for the project.  Millstone Marine Construction completed construction of its final two wooden retaining walls in front of Wee Winks and the residence adjoining Duck Deli.  Barnhill Contracting also began the more detailed, fine grading at the southern end of the project from the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa northward to the Cotton Gin.  This portion of the project includes removal of existing asphalt outside of the four foot (4’) wide bike lane, digging an infiltration trench for the landscaping, adding a stone base, filling the trench will a soil mix for future planting, and grading the adjoining five foot (5’) section for the sidewalk.  A paved portion of several driveways will also be removed as part of this process to regrade driveways consistent with the grade of the sidewalk.

During the week of February 2nd, Barnhill Contracting will continue its fine grading northward.  Barnhill will need to skip over the block in front of the Cotton Gin until electric and cable lines are reburied in new locations.  Barnhill also plans to begin construction on a block retaining wall to be located by the Scarborough Faire/Scarborough Lane properties.  While heavy construction equipment is being operated along the side of the road, traffic shifts to the middle lane may occur.  Please stay alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass the construction area.

Barnhill Contracting has completed its grading and site preparations in the southernmost portion of the project between Four Seasons and the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa.  This section of the project will consist of an eight-foot (8’) wide shared use path extending the existing Duck Trail to the south.  This portion of the pathway is now ready for asphalt surfacing, which will be completed on an upcoming fair-weather day.

Update, January 26, 2018:

Work continues on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village.  Barnhill Contracting has completed its initial rough excavation work northward to the Duck Deli property.  They will likely finish the last small area of initial excavation in front of the residence adjoining Duck Deli next week.  During the week of January 29th, Barnhill Contracting will begin the more detailed, fine grading.  This work will begin at the crosswalk to Aqua Restaurant & Spa and continue to the north.  As part of this work, Barnhill made a cut in the asphalt defining the edge between the proposed bike lane and landscaped area.  The sidewalk will be located further to the east.  At times, there may be a traffic lane shift in areas with heavy equipment work.  So, please be alert and drive slowly and safely as you pass the construction area.

This week, Millstone Marine Construction completed a sizable retaining wall in front of the Cotton Gin and another in the block between Wampum and Marlin Drives.  Next week, Millstone will be constructing low retaining walls in front Wee Winks and the residence at Duck Deli.

In a related project, the owners of Duck Deli have substantially completed improvements to their parking area, including construction of the portion of the sidewalk in front of the Duck Deli parking area.

Several weeks ago, Barnhill Contracting completed its grading and site preparations in the southernmost portion of the project between Four Seasons and the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa.  This section of the project will consist of an eight-foot (8’) wide shared use path extending the existing Duck Trail to the south.  This portion of the pathway is now ready for asphalt surfacing, which will be completed on an upcoming fair-weather day.

Update, January 22, 2018:
Despite losing a couple of days to our recent winter storms, significant progress has been made on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village.  Barnhill Contracting is completing initial rough excavation work north past the Wee Winks/Brindley Beach property.  They will likely finish the initial excavation northward to the Duck Deli property by mid-week.  Please be alert and drive slowly and safely through the construction area.  There may be traffic lane shifts as heavy equipment work continues.

Once the rough excavation is complete, Barnhill Contracting will begin the more detailed, fine grading later this week.  This work will begin at the crosswalk to Aqua Restaurant & Spa and continue to the north.

Dominion Power completed a related project to move existing guy wires in front of the Cotton Gin and power pole/guy wires by the Scarborough Faire/Scarborough Lane properties.  With the removal of these features from the right-of-way, retaining walls supporting the adjoining properties can now be constructed in both these areas.

Millstone Marine Construction has completed four of the designed retaining walls at Loblolly Pines Shopping Center, Roadside Bar & Grill, PNC Bank, and BP/Coastal Cravings.  They will be constructing additional retaining walls at Scarborough Lane/Scarborough Faire, Cotton Gin, Wee Winks, between Wampum-Marlin Drives, and near Duck Deli.

In a related project, the owners of Duck Deli are constructing improvements to their parking area, including construction of the portion of the sidewalk in front of the Duck Deli property.

Several weeks ago, Barnhill Contracting completed its grading and site preparations in the southernmost portion of the project between Four Seasons and the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa.  This section of the project will consist of an eight-foot (8’) wide shared use path extending the existing Duck Trail to the south.  This portion of the pathway is now ready for asphalt surfacing, which will likely be completed on a fair-weather day in January.  As the forecast for this week has either cold or rainy days, this section will not be paved until next week at the earliest.

You may click here for more information about the planned pedestrian improvements.

Update, January 8, 2018:

The recent winter storm resulted in a couple of lost working days for the construction crew, but Millstone Marine Construction is back on the job today, continuing its work on the retaining wall in front of the Roadside Bar & Grill.  It is anticipated that the work in front of Roadside will be completed by the end of the week, barring any further weather delays.  At that point, Millstone Marine will proceed southward to work on the retaining wall in front of the Loblolly Pines shopping center.

Barnhill Construction plans to continue its excavation work north of the BP/Coastal Cravings property on Monday, January 15th.  There may be a traffic lane shift in areas with heavy equipment work.  So, please be alert and drive slowly and safely through the construction area.

Barnhill Contracting completed its grading and site preparations in the southernmost portion of the project between Four Seasons and the crosswalk at Aqua Spa & Restaurant.  This section of the project will consist of an eight-foot (8’) wide shared use path extending the existing Duck Trail to the south.  This portion of the pathway is now ready for asphalt surfacing, which will need to be completed on a fair-weather day in January.  Barnhill Contracting is tentatively targeting the week of January 22nd for the paving.

Update, December 22, 2017:
This week saw a significant amount of progress on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan along the east side of Duck Road (N.C. Highway 12) in Duck Village.  Barnhill Contracting completed its grading and site preparations in the southernmost portion of the project between Four Seasons and the crosswalk at Aqua Spa & Restaurant.  This section of the project will consist of an eight-foot (8’) wide shared use path extending the existing Duck Trail to the south.  This portion of the pathway is now ready for asphalt surfacing, which will likely be completed on a fair-weather day in January.

Barnhill Contracting completed its installation of silt fencing to prevent erosion and sedimentation as excavation and grading work continue northward through the project area.  Excavation and grading was completed from the southern end of the project (Four Seasons) to the BP/Coastal Cravings property.

Barnhill ceased the excavation/grading work with heavy equipment and traffic lane shift on December 21st.  They will neaten up the construction area, ensure that the project is left in safe condition, and break from construction after December 22nd for the holidays.

Construction is planned to begin again on January 2nd.  This construction will include additional excavation work north of the BP/Coastal Cravings property and installation of retaining walls where necessary along the corridor.  There will be a traffic lane shift in areas with heavy equipment work.  So, please be alert and drive slowly and safely through the construction area.

As there is no construction work occurring, there will not be a weekly project update next week unless additional, important information becomes available to the Town.

Update, December 15, 2017:

Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan will continue next week along the east side of Duck Road through Duck Village.  Barnhill Contracting plans to install the final section of silt fencing north to Duck Deli to prevent erosion and sedimentation as grading work continues in the project area.  Barnhill has started the initial grading and excavation work in the southern portion of the project area and will continue excavation in a northerly direction along the east side of Duck Road.

More extensive work is underway in the section of the pathway between Four Seasons and the crosswalk at Aqua Spa & Restaurant.  This section of the project will consist of an eight-foot (8’) wide shared use path continuing the existing Duck Trail to the south.  Barnhill Construction is preparing the stone base for this pathway so the asphalt surface can be laid on a good-weather day (hopefully, sometime in January).  The preparations in this area are scheduled to be completed on Monday.

Barnhill Contracting plans to break from construction after December 22nd for the Christmas holiday.  Construction work is planned to begin again on January 2nd. Barnhill does not anticipate beginning major construction work (including construction of retaining walls, more comprehensive grading, and paving) until early January 2018.

You may click here for more information about the planned pedestrian improvements.

Update, December 8, 2017:

Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan will be proceeding over the next week along the east side of Duck Road through Duck Village. Barnhill Contracting will continue its installation of silt fencing to prevent erosion and sedimentation as grading work continues in the project area. Barnhill also plans to begin grading and excavation work in the areas designated for retaining walls along the corridor.

Barnhill Contracting plans to break from construction after December 22nd for the Christmas holiday. Construction work will likely pick up again immediately after New Years Day on January 2nd. Barnhill does not anticipate beginning major construction work (including construction of retaining walls, more comprehensive grading, and paving) until early January 2018.

You may click here for more information about the planned pedestrian improvements.

Update, December 1, 2017:

Construction on Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan will be picking up over the next week.  Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is behind us, you will begin to see more construction activity along the east side of Duck Road through Duck Village.  Scheduled to begin on Tuesday (12/5), Barnhill Contracting will continue its installation of silt fencing to prevent erosion and sedimentation as grading work continues in the project area.  Barnhill also plans to begin grading and excavation work in the areas designated for retaining walls along the corridor.

Update, November 22, 2017:

Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan is on hold due to the holiday.  Out of respect to local businesses and many visitors in Duck this week, Barnhill Contracting has left the project area in a clean and safe condition and does not plan to engage in any construction work over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Barnhill does not plan to work during the following week, but will pick up construction beginning the week of December 4th.    Click here for more information about the planned pedestrian improvements.

Update, November 17, 2017:

Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan continued to see progress over the past week.  Barnhill Contracting removed a short section of the asphalt Duck Trail connecting to the shoulder of Duck Road by the Four Seasons property.  Until further notice, this area is closed to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.  This section of the Duck Trail will be reconstructed further to the east and extend to the crosswalk at Aqua Restaurant & Spa.  Barnhill also installed a substantial amount of silt fencing to prevent erosion and sedimentation in the southern portion of the project area.  Out of respect to local businesses and many visitors in Duck over the during the holiday week, Barnhill Contracting has left the project area in a clean and safe condition and does not plan to engage in any construction work during the week of Thanksgiving.  It is anticipated that the pace of work will pick up in the weeks following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Update, November 9, 2017:

Phase I of the Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan continues moving forward. Barnhill Contracting recently completed survey work in preparation for the excavation and grading for the new retaining walls. The upcoming week of November 13th will see installation of silt fencing to prevent erosion and sedimentation in the project area. Excavation for new retaining walls and minor grading work will likely start the following week. The contractors will leave the project area in a clean and safe condition and will not have any active construction work over the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

For questions about these proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, November 3, 2017:

Over the past week, Barnhill Construction has removed retaining walls along Duck Road in all areas without utility conflicts. For the upcoming week of November 6th, survey work is expected to be completed in preparation for the excavation and grading for the new retaining walls. It is anticipated that survey work will start at the southern end of the project and head north. The installation of silt fencing to prevent erosion and minor grading work may possibly start toward the end of the week.

For questions about these proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, October 26, 2017:

The first week of the sidewalk construction in Duck is complete and we saw the removal of limited tree and vegetation in order to make way for the new sidewalk.

This coming week of October 30th you can expect to see the removal of several wooden retaining walls in the project area beginning at the south end of the Village and moving north to the end as utility conflicts will allow.  This phase is expected to be completed before the weeks end.  The contractor does anticipate the need to skip over a few walls while utilities are relocated.  Once the existing retaining walls have been removed, you can expect to see some surveying stakes being located so that the next phase of the project may begin.

For questions about these proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, October 20, 2017:

Sidewalk Construction to Begin Duck Village!

Barnhill Contracting has informed the Town of Duck of the company plans to begin limited tree and vegetation removal on Monday, October 23rd in preparation for construction of Phase I of bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Duck Village. The bulk of the Phase I construction will take place over the late-Fall/Winter months, with an expected completion date sometime in late-April/early-May 2018.

The Phase I of the project is located along the east side of Duck Road between the existing Duck Trail north of Four Seasons Lane and Duck Deli. Planned improvements during this phase of the project include a dedicated bike lane, landscaped strip, and sidewalk along the east side of Duck Road. This phase will also involve utility relocation, installation/enhancement of reflective crosswalks over Duck Road, installation of a gateway median south of Duck Village, and installation of a pedestrian island/median in the crosswalk at Sunset Grille north of Duck Village.  There will be portions of the trail that will be closed during the project.

Beginning Monday, October 23, 2017 crews will be moving along in a south to north direction beginning at Four Season clearing trees, brush, landscaping and other small miscellaneous obstructions to include posts and fences and the like .  The contractor anticipates that this will take approximately 3 days barring any equipment or weather delays.

The following week, beginning October 30, 2017 they will be removing wooden retaining walls from one end moving along to the other end as utility conflicts will allow. They may need to skip over a few walls until utilities can be relocated.  This schedule is all subject to change so we will provide additional updates as they become available.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, July 6, 2017:

Phase I & II of the NC 12 Pedestrians Improvements have been advertised for bid requests.  Sealed Bids for the construction of this project will be received, by the Town of Duck, at their office located at 1200 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949 until 2:00 PM local time on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read.

Phase I & II of the project consists of:

Installation of erosion and sediment control devices, selective demolition of existing walkways, pavement, wooden retaining walls and vegetation, eradication of existing pavement markings; fill, earthwork, and paving for new asphalt and concrete walks, concrete and asphalt drives; construction of new landscaped medians with concrete curb; new pavement markings and signage, new wooden retaining walls; roadside restoration, infiltration trench and site landscaping.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, March 1, 2017:

Pedestrian Improvements to Enhance Duck Village

VHB Planning & Engineering has been working with Town officials, property owners, business owners, the N.C. Department of Transportation, and Dominion Power to complete final designs and specifications for pedestrian improvements throughout Duck Village.  Due to the substantial cost of the planned pedestrian improvements (estimated at over $2.9 million by VHB) and the need to complete construction of the improvements during the off-season, the project is planned to be constructed in three phases.

Planned for construction in late-Fall 2017, the first phase of the project will be located along the east side of Duck Road from the existing Duck Trail north of Four Seasons Lane to Duck Deli.  Planned improvements during the first phase of the project include a dedicated bike lane, landscaped strip, and sidewalk along both sides of Duck Road.  The first phase will also involve utility relocation, installation/enhancement of reflective crosswalks over Duck Road, installation of a gateway median south of Duck Village, and installation of a pedestrian island/median in the crosswalk Sunset Grille north of Duck Village.

As the final design and permitting are completed, VHB and Town officials will be in contact with all affected business and property owners to communicate information about the project’s design and construction schedule.

The Town of Duck has been notified that it will receive a grant award in the amount of $446,887 from the Dare County Tourist Board in July 2017 to help fund the first phase of the Duck Village pedestrian improvements.  Duck Town Council will officially consider funding the remaining $540,736 of the phase one project during its FY 2017-18 budget review this spring.  The Town will continue to seek grants and other sources of funding to help defray the construction costs for future phases as well.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, June 16, 2016:

Duck Moving Forward with Pedestrian Improvements

While awaiting the completion of final designs and permitting for significant pedestrian improvements throughout Duck Village, the Town of Duck is engaged in efforts to implement other aspects of the Town’s adopted pedestrian plan.

This spring, the Town completed the first phase of a project installing new reflective crosswalks across the side streets at dozens of intersections.  The recently adopted budget contains funding to add reflective crosswalk striping at all of the remaining intersections north of Duck Village.

To improve safety at crosswalks over Duck Road, the Town of Duck recently completed a pilot project installing solar light poles at three of the busiest pedestrian crosswalks in the Village (Aqua, Town Hall, and Sunset Grille).  The Town will be evaluating the effectiveness of the solar powered lighting to determine if similar lighting fixtures should be added at other crosswalks in the future.

The pedestrian plan also recommends the removal of vegetation and other obstructions that block the views of drivers as they approach intersections throughout the town.  The Town of Duck has coordinated with property owners and a landscape contractor to remove vegetation and other obstructions to improve the safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians at these intersections.  It is anticipated that this project will be completed by mid-July.

This spring, the Town also completed a project to repair/repave a section of the Duck Trail adjoining the Sound-Sea Village neighborhood while installing needed improvements to address stormwater ponding in the area.  The installation of an underground drainage collection system and permeable concrete paving has greatly improved drainage issues along this area of the Duck Trail.

While these projects have been underway, VHB Planning & Engineering has been working with Town officials, property owners, the N.C. Department of Transportation, and Dominion Power to complete a detailed design and specifications for recommended sidewalk improvements throughout Duck Village.  Throughout most areas of the village, the design will include a dedicated bike lane, landscaped strip, and sidewalk along both sides of Duck Road.  Areas immediately north and south of Duck Village will be improved with an 8 foot wide shared use path matching up with the existing Duck Trail.

Due to the substantial cost of these improvements (estimated at over $2.8 million by VHB), it is highly likely that construction of these improvements will be phased over a period of years.  As a side benefit, the phasing will help ensure that construction can be completed when it is least obtrusive during the off-season.  The Town will be seeking grants and other sources of funding to help defray the construction costs.

For questions about the proposed pedestrian improvements, you can contact Town Manager Chris Layton at clayton@townofduck.com or Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.

Update, November 18, 2015:

At the November 18, 2015, Chris DeWitt and Margaret Kubilins (VHB) presented an update to the Duck Town Council on Pedestrian Improvement plans and the Duck Trail Side Street Crossing Safety Plan, including an update on data collection from surveys, an overview of the preliminary layout, schematic designs, a trail crossings assessment, the funding schedule and more. Click here to view slides from the presentation. A video of the November 18 Town Council meeting is available on the Town of Duck YouTube Channel DuckPR.

Update, March 25, 2015:

Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan Surveyors to Collect Data Along Duck Road

As you travel along Duck Road this spring, you may notice various colors of spray paint along the roadway.  The Town of Duck is proceeding with the engineering design phase of the pedestrian improvements in the recently adopted Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.  A copy of the plan can be found on the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan webpage.  This work began in February and for several more weeks you can expect to see personnel from TSC Surveying, GET Solutions, and Accumark working along Duck Road and into the adjacent yards and lawns to collect the necessary data for the project. At no time will any personnel require access to any residence or business. These personnel will be collecting data on topographic and boundary survey, soils testing, and underground utility locating for use in the design of the proposed pedestrian improvements.

Update, January 21, 2015: 

The Duck Town Council authorized the Town Manager to execute an agreement with VHB Engineering of NC (VHB) to develop plans, specifications, and bidding documents specifically related to infrastructure improvements in the village-commercial area. View the improvements identified in the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan document.

Update, September 11, 2014:

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., the Town Council of the Town of Duck will conduct a public hearing on the following item:

Town of Duck Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan

The Town of Duck Town Council will hold a public hearing and receive comments on the final draft Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan (CPP).  The CPP is a long range planning document that recommends improvements to the multi-modal transportation system within the Town. Please click here to review the final draft. (It is a large file; therefore, you will need to download the PDF.)  The plan identifies project costs, implementation priorities and action items that will assist the Town of Duck with the implementation of suggested infrastructure improvements, public outreach and education and policy actions. A steering committee was formed to guide the CPP planning process, which was comprised of representatives from the Town of Duck business community, residents, community planners and elected officials, as well as Town contracted consultants and representatives from NCDOT. The final draft CPP has been reviewed and approved by NCDOT and NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. The Town of Duck Town Council will hold a public hearing and accept comments on the plan prior to considering a resolution to formally adopt the plan.

Any person may appear or be represented by an agent to present comments on these items.  Written comments may be submitted to the Town Council, Town of Duck, P.O. Box 8369, 1200 Duck Road, Duck, North Carolina 27949 or via e-mail at info@townofduck.com.  Staff reports, including the draft of the Dare County Comprehensive Transportation Plan, will be available approximately five days in advance of the meeting.  To receive these documents you can contact the Town Clerk at the mailing address above or at 252-255-1234.  You can also download the meeting materials at Town Council.

Update, July 28, 2014:

NCDOT is still reviewing the draft Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.  A public hearing will be scheduled for the regular Town Council meeting tentatively in October 2014.  For questions, please contact Chris Layton, Town Manager, at clayton@townofduck.com or 252.255.1234.

Update, February 20, 2014:

The Duck Town Council reviewed the draft Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan Recommendations presented by VHB at the Council meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. To view the draft, please click here. (It is a large file; therefore, the PDF will need to be downloaded.) It is currently under review by the NCDOT.  A public hearing will be scheduled for the late summer. For questions, please contact Chris Layton, Town Manager, at clayton@townofduck.com or 252.255.1234.

At the first steering committee meeting, data collection needs for the plan were discussed.  Pedestrian counts in the Village were conducted the week of July 22, 2013.  The counts took place on Wednesday and Thursday of that week (July 24th and July 25th).  Two counts were conducted each day during peak pedestrian traffic times – one in the morning (7:30 am to 9:30 am) and one in the evening (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm).   Volunteers assisted in conducting these counts.  During the counts, individuals sat beside the roadway and recorded on maps the origin and destination of each pedestrian and bicyclist that passes through their zone.  The Village was broken down into 13 zones and 13 people were needed for each time frame.  The data was then compiled for use and consideration in the creation of the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.

A survey has been developed to gather information on pedestrian use within the Town of Duck.  Over 600 residents and visitors completed the survey.   Click here to view results from the survey.

Please review the following information for an update on the Steering Committee’s first presentation:

Steering Committee Meeting #1 Presentation

Steering Committee Meeting #1 Meeting Packet

The first Public Meeting took place on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Town Meeting Hall.  Please click here to review the slide presentation including results from the interactive survey meeting attendees participated in during the meeting.  This information was shared during the Steering Committee’s 2nd meeting and at the public meeting. If you were unable to attend and would like to view the recording of the meeting, please click here. Note, during the question and answer portion of the meeting the audio for those making remarks was not picked up, but the moderator’s summary of questions and responses are audible.

The second Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan Public Meeting was held on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Duck Town Meeting Hall located at 1200 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949. This meeting focused on the draft recommendations for the Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan. The meeting agenda, presentation slides, project recommendations, and video can be viewed using the following links:

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Presentation Slides w/ Audience Voting Responses (During the presentation, the audience was asked a series of questions related to the proposed recommendations.  The tally of these responses are included in the presentation slides).

Project Recommendations (Cut Sheet Format)

Meeting Video