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Project Overview

As prime consultant, Shumaker Consulting, Engineering and Land Surveying, D.P.C. (SCE) provided LDSA Phase I-IV preliminary design and Phase V-VI final design for this project. The design addressed a multi-use trail crossing USACE flood detention facilities, flood levees, and a 195’ single span steel girder pedestrian bridge crossing Choconut Creek.

Project Start Date2/6/2006

Project End Date2/6/2015


Project Description

Originally designated as a LDSA Transportation Enhancement Project the project funding was changed to ARRA funding during preliminary design. The primary objective of this project is to continue the Regional Trail System and improve mobility and safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and trail users. The proposed extension will provide a key link toward the complete development of the Town of Vestal segment of the network of riverbank trails along the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers.

Preliminary design included survey, mapping, ROW determination and preparation of ROW acquisition mapping. Alternatives were developed for a 200 foot span structure crossing Choconut Creek and over 1 mile of trail in undeveloped floodplain. A preliminary design report documenting the project was developed discussing all aspects of the project. Extensive environmental documentation and coordination was necessary as the proposed trail alignment would cross flood detention pond areas, over floodwalls and along the Susquehanna River in undeveloped floodplain. Minor impacts to wetlands and stream banks were necessary and permits were required from the USACE and NYSDEC for construction.

During preliminary design SCE provided inspection, analysis and Level I load rating of the Harvard Road Bridge historic truss located in Delaware County for the potential of dismantling, relocating, rehabilitating and reconstructing for stream crossing on Vestal Rail Trail Section 2 over Choconut Creek. SCE performed 100% hands on inspection for the truss and prepared a report which included Level 1 load rating for steel truss, analysis was performed using 3D software “Staad Pro” which is approved by NYSDOT. The report also included recommendations for repair, managing hazardous wastes and relocating estimates. Based on cost estimates and life cycle analyses, a new bridge was selected as the preferred alternative for spanning the necessary 200 feet of Choconut Creek.

The final project included a 195’ steel girder bridge with reinforced concrete deck and decorative railings. Integral abutments on friction piles allow the bridge to span Choconut Creek and pass design storm flows to not impact the upstream NYS Route 17 bridges. The trail consists of paved, gravel and grass areas for multi-use and extends form Castle Gardens Road to N. Main Street in the Town of Vestal. The trail enters USACE flood facilities, crosses over earthen floodwalls and traverses the Susquehanna River parallel to NYS Route 17.

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Project Features

  • Survey & Mapping Services
  • New Pedestrian Bridge Over Little Choconut Creek
  • Multi Use Trail Gravel, Grass, and Asphalt
  • Environmental Services
  • Hydraulic Analysis
  • Agency Coordination
  • Full-Time Construction Observation

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