GS&P Selected to Design Multi-Use Trail on Florida's East Coast

Project Follows Old Dixie Highway Corridor, Provides Community Green Space

March 14, 2017   |   Tallahassee,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces the firm’s recent contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to provide design and engineering services for a new five-mile multi-use trail in Florida’s Martin County, along the East Coast. The trail will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists, and will follow the route of the out-of-service Old Dixie Highway that traverses the popular Jonathan Dickinson State Park. The project is part of a statewide effort to increase public trails and green spaces.

“This multi-use trail is an exciting opportunity for our team to transform a piece of Florida’s history into an active community asset,” said Tyler Strickland, P.E., J.D., senior transportation engineer at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “During World War II, the park was home to Camp Murphy, a top-secret radar training school that housed 6,600 officers and enlisted men. We want to preserve the historic elements along the trail’s route while creating a place for both pedestrians and bicyclists to get out and be active in the park. I’m confident our talented team will be successful in translating the client’s vision to a successful solution that can improve health and quality of life for both residents and visitors.”

The project will include a five-mile-long, 12-foot-wide multi-use trail and a safety-lighted crosswalk on US 1, as well as removal and reuse of the Old Dixie Highway existing roadbed. Other project elements will include clearing/grubbing, grading, excavation and pavement marking. The team will also design an interpretive kiosk with benches where a 20-foot section of the original roadway will be preserved.

GS&P’s Transportation professionals deliver comprehensive planning, design, environmental, architectural and construction phase services for highway, transit, aviation and rail facilities throughout the Southeast. The staff of engineers, planners and scientists capitalize on the firm’s diverse blend of markets and disciplines to offer a truly integrated and sustainable approach that considers all perspectives and offers practical, forward-thinking solutions.

“This multi-use trail is an exciting opportunity for our team to transform a piece of Florida’s history into an active community asset. I’m confident our talented team will be successful in translating the client’s vision to a successful solution that can improve health and quality of life for both residents and visitors.”

Tyler Strickland, P.E., J.D., GS&P senior transportation engineer
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