The paving project begins today. Neither vehicles nor pedestrians may use the road, which leads from the Flowers Drive entrance near Duke Clinic to the Doris Duke Center, winding around the arboretum pond on the southeast side. The portion of road leading into the arboretum from the Doris Duke Center's lower parking lot will not be affected.
The road is being re-paved to maintain the existing surface and to introduce a different paving material that will be used in the future on larger-circulation paths throughout the Gardens.
During the project, visitors will be detoured through the Mary Duke Biddle Rose Circle and the Terrace Gardens. Directional signs will assist those unfamiliar with the detour route.
Please stay tuned to this blog post for updates on the expected completion date. Update: The expected completion date is Wednesday, July 25, weather permitting.
Below is the detour route, showing the arched entrance from the arboretum into the Mary Duke Biddle Rose Garden. To the right, after the banana trees (Musa basjoo), is the road to be re-paved. To the left is the path leading to the Doris Duke Center.