Challenges
  • Goodwin College chose to revamp about 7,500 feet of existing natural trails located along the Connecticut River.
  • The intent was to make them more accessible to the public and to make the Riverside Campus even more appealing and connected to the natural environment.
  • Environmental requirements dictated that the trail design avoid federally defined wetlands, environmentally sensitive locations as identified by the Botanist, and any archaeologically sensitive locations.
Solutions
  • Our 7,320 foot trail design consisted of a combination of 8 and 12 foot wide natural and 10 foot wide paved trail in three municipalities, as well as a twin culvert pedestrian bridge for safe passage across a large swale/intermittent watercourse in Glastonbury.
  • The design included trail heads, benches, and informational/directional signs.
  • Tasks included permitting through three Towns, the CT DEEP, and the Army Corps of Engineers due to work within the FEMA Floodplain and Federal Wetlands.
  • Zuvic Carr also prepared bid documents and construction documents, including final plans and project specifications and is providing construction oversight.
Highlights
  • Special considerations were made for the trail layout due to endangered plant species and the culvert crossing, both located within State/Federal Wetlands and the Flood Plain.
  • The project required coordination with multiple parties such as; the botanist, Wetland Scientist, Goodwin College and the CT DOT, along with coordination for Archeological Survey.
  • DEEP award
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