GS&P to Provide Engineering Services for Multi-Use Trail in Florida Panhandle

Trail to Improve Connectivity and Mobility for Pedestrians and Bicyclists in Wakulla County

September 06, 2017   |   Tallahassee,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces the firm’s recent contract with Gortemoller Engineering to provide design and engineering services for the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) new multi-use trail in Wakulla County. The path will run along portions of U.S. 98, starting at Surf Road and ending at Crawfordville Highway before picking back up west of Woodville Highway and continuing to Lighthouse Road. The project is part of the Capital City to the Sea Trails Master Plan developed by the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA), which aims to balance the needs of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

“We’re excited to work with Gortemoller to improve connectivity and mobility for residents and visitors travelling through Wakulla county,” commented Meredith Hurd, P.E., senior transportation engineer, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “When complete, the trail will be a wonderful community asset, giving pedestrians and bicyclists a safe way to enjoy Florida’s natural wetlands and the historic locations in the area, such as the St. Marks Historic Railroad corridor.”

GS&P will serve as a sub-consultant for the 12-mile long, 10-foot-wide multi-use trail, providing utility coordination and lighting at crossings to enhance pedestrian safety. The project team will also be responsible for the design of 16 pedestrian boardwalks to minimize impacts to the surrounding wetlands.

GS&P’s Transportation team has completed a variety of multi-use trail systems, including the Keaton Beach Coastal Park and CR 361 Trail in North Florida’s Taylor County. The firm’s Transportation professionals 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.
 

“We’re excited to work with Gortemoller to improve connectivity and mobility for residents and visitors travelling through Wakulla county. When complete, the trail will be a wonderful community asset, giving pedestrians and bicyclists a safe way to enjoy Florida’s natural wetlands and the historic locations in the area, such as the St. Marks Historic Railroad corridor.”

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