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The Legacy Trail

RS&H provided project management services for the design and construction of The Legacy Trail, a 10.6-mile, multi-use trail that extends from the historic Venice Depot in Venice, Florida, to north of Palmer Ranch Parkway in Sarasota. The Legacy Trail is one of the largest recreation projects undertaken by Sarasota County and is the first project within the county’s Trails Master Plan to be completed using a design-build project delivery method. The trail connects six communities, links seven county and state parks, and includes six intersections.

The Legacy Trail was built on a former rail corridor as part of the Rails-to-Trails program and was designed and constructed to incorporate the historic, environmental, and economic aspects of the rail corridor. The theme of the historic Venice Train Depot is integrated in the 13 stop station designs every mile. Additionally, 19 interpretive signs along the trail denote the significant historic and environmental aspects, including wetlands, native plants, protected species, and waterways.

Related Services: Urban Design & Public SpacesProgram Management | Design-Build

CHC Regional Greenway Trail

In order to encourage healthier and more active lifestyles, several Georgia counties are lending support to a regional greenway trail system. The Chattahoochee Hill Country (CHC) Regional Greenway Trail is a proposed 98-mile multipurpose trail system along the Chattahoochee River and is anticipated to span four counties when completed: Douglas, Carroll, Coweta, and Fulton. The first section, the Douglas County Pilot Segment, is a 0.75-mile paved recreational facility located in a Douglas County mega-park.

RS&H served as the lead designer for the Douglas County Pilot Segment and assisted the county with implementing their vision for a multimodal trail facility. We worked with a collaborative group of stakeholders, including representatives from all four counties and the City of Chattahoochee Hills, to develop design standards and amenities for the overall trail system, including benches, trash receptacles, bollards, bike racks, water fountains, and signs. We also incorporated innovative, sustainable designs and materials into the development of the pilot segment.

Once completed, the CHC Regional Greenway Trail will provide an alternative transportation option for travel between the four rapidly developing counties. The successful completion of the pilot segment is a significant accomplishment that builds excitement for the entire trail system and brings momentum to move forward.

Read more about the story behind the project in the Georgia Engineer article, “First Leg in 98-mile Regional Trail System Opens to Public.”

Related Services: Urban Design & Public Spaces

Lafayette Street Pedestrian Safety Tunnel

Built in 1929, the railroad bridge carrying an active CSXT Railroad line over Lafayette Street in Tallahassee, Florida, cleared all vehicle lanes but did not account for the safe passage of pedestrians. To increase safety, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) constructed a 55-foot-long, 12-foot-diameter pedestrian tunnel, which completes the sidewalk along Lafayette Street, as well as provides safe passage between office buildings west of the bridge and residential/retail areas to the east. RS&H provided construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for the project.  

The project had a limited staging area for equipment and materials and included strict lane closure limitations. Lafayette Street had to remain open during morning and evening rush hours, along with all Florida State University and Florida A&M University home football games.
RS&H provided inspection services for:

  • Erosion control plan implementation and maintenance
  • Maintenance of traffic plan and implementation
  • Earthwork for construction
  • Placement and curing concrete retaining walls and sidewalks
  • Reinforcing steel placement and ties for concrete retaining walls
  • Temporary and permanent sheet pile wall construction
  • Tunnel liner plate construction
  • Concrete placement for tunnel construction
  • Epoxy-coating and bituminous coating
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting
  • Fencing installation
  • Utility coordination with five different owners
  • CSXT Railroad coordination

The project was completed under budget and under contract time.

Related Services: Construction Management

Atlantic Avenue/Silver Beach Avenue Intersection

RS&H provided construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for a streetscape project in the destination city of Daytona Beach, Florida.  The improvements at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Silver Beach involved the removal of existing asphalt and base material and reconstruction with decorative concrete pavement. All sidewalks were upgraded to ADA compliance, and irrigated landscaping was added.

The project was part of the Florida Department of Transportation’s Local Agency Program (LAP), which monitors the reimbursement of federal funds on local government transportation projects.

Related Services: Construction Management

Silver Comet & Noonday Creek Trail Extensions

RS&H assisted in the development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan for the extension of the Silver Comet and Noonday Creek Trails in Cobb County, Georgia.   At over 61 miles long, the Silver Comet Trail is  the most popular, widely used, and longest multi-use trail in the Metropolitan Atlanta area.  The new segment will connect the Silver Comet Trail to the existing trail network in Atlanta, bridging a critical gap in the region’s trail system and leading to the formation of a 120-mile trail network.  The Noonday Creek Trail extension is planned to extend the trail approximately 4.1 miles.

We conducted an alternatives analysis assessment for the two proposed trail extensions, which involved the identification of multiple potential trail alignments, evaluation of surrounding land-use and connectivity, extensive GIS analysis, preparation of cost estimates, and a prioritization process.  We also developed the concept for the trail extensions and led all public involvement activities, including working closely with the public to prioritize the best alternative for the recommended trail extensions.

The improved bicycle and pedestrian system will provide numerous benefits, including reduced air emissions leading to improved air quality, which is a major issue for the area.  The improvements will also lead to enhanced mobility and overall improved quality of life for residents and visitors of Cobb County.

Related Services: Urban Design & Public Spaces

East Central Regional Rail Trail Study

RS&H is completing a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study for the proposed 46-mile paved multi-use East Central Regional Rail Trail (ECRRT), which spans two counties in Central Florida. The ECRRT is the largest Rails-to-Trails purchase in Florida and will eventually connect with the proposed 230-mile St. Johns River to the Sea Loop trail system, anticipated to open in 2013.

As part of the study, RS&H is developing alignment and design alternatives for the proposed trail. Multiple uses include cycling, hiking, running, skating, wildlife viewing, and equestrian in appropriate areas. We are also completing the concept development and evaluation of various design elements, including nine trailheads, ten “pocket” pavilions, six information kiosks, access management, and enhanced roadway crossing options.

The proposed trail traverses through urbanized areas, while also providing access to rural areas consisting of scrublands, wetlands, and other natural resources. As part of this study, we have recommended numerous structures over creeks, water bodies, canals, and wetlands. The corridor right-of-way follows a former railroad that was originally constructed in the 1880s.

Cady Way Trail & Pedestrian Bridge

RS&H provided design and permitting services for Phase II of the Cady Way Trail in Orlando, Florida. This multi-use pedestrian trail is part of the Rails-to-Trails program in which abandoned railroad right-of-way is converted for public use. The project connected two existing portions of the trail and included two bridges: a 685-foot bridge over SR 436 and a 90-foot bridge over the Crane Strand Canal.

As its centerpiece, the trail also included a new pedestrian bridge over SR 436. Serving as a gateway to Orange County, the structure creates a dramatic visual statement and simultaneously blends with the variety of neighboring businesses. The thin elements of the basket-handle arch design resulted in a sleek, dramatic statement while still allowing those viewing the bridge to see the surrounding environment through the structure rather than creating a visual obstruction. 

Because of the numerous pressurized utilities near the bridge site, such as gas, potable water, sanitary sewer, and reclaimed water lines, the team used an innovative deep-pile foundation system versus shallow-spread footings, which safeguards against the potential loss of foundation materials should any of the pressurized utilities ever fail.

Related Services: Urban Design & Public Spaces

Depot Avenue Trail Pedestrian Bridge

In 2009, the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency (GCRA) sought to recast the Depot Avenue Rail-Trail pedestrian overpass into a more functional and iconic gateway feature. The new bridge designed by RS&H features a simulated railroad track twisted into a vibrantly colored DNA strand spanning US HWY 441/SW 13th Street.  RS&H also designed a plaza and staircase adjacent to the overpass were designed to link the rail-trail system to an extensive network of multimodal access points and connects neighborhoods, businesses, and medical research facilities near the University of Florida.

The project’s sustainable features include the recycling of the demolished pedestrian cover structure, preservation and adaptive reuse of the existing bridge superstructure, use of recyclable aluminum for the new pedestrian cover, and an environmentally friendly powder coating process instead of paint. The landscaped terraces beneath the bridge create an urban rain garden that filters pollution, recharges groundwater, improves water quality, and reduces erosion and runoff. At night, the structure is illuminated with LED lighting, which creates a striking entrance into the city.

There was strong collaboration and all stakeholders played a significant role in championing the project through a comprehensive visioning, planning, design, permitting, and construction process. Ultimately, the project converted an unattractive, blighted, and poorly functioning pedestrian overpass into artistic and functional infrastructure.

Read more about the story behind the project in the Florida Landscapes article, "A New Twist for an Old Bridge".


Related Services: Urban Design & Public Spaces | Visualization