STONE was retained to provide various engineering, environmental, and project management services for this new trail and covered bridge spanning the Stillwater River (a designated Scenic River). The project involves construction of a Timber Covered Bridge over the scenic Stillwater River within Englewood MetroPark. The bridge is to be constructed following the alignment of the former National Road (U.S. Route 40). Project plans also include construction of 1,600 linear feet of new pedestrian trail and bike path on each side of the river, connecting the bridge to an existing regional bikeway system. The project will link the east and west sides of the park for pedestrian and cyclist usage and provide improved connectivity to the regional bikeway system, while enhancing the park aesthetics.
Environmental Services were required in order to complete the ODOT environmental review process on behalf of the Local Public Agency (LPA). STONE completed a Level 2 Ecological Survey (due to the sensitivity of the scenic river and anticipated impacts), review of threatened and endangered species habitat, a Group 2 Freshwater Mussel Survey (due to the potential for federally-listed species in the river), and waterway permit determination.
As part of Design Services, STONE prepared the Feasibility Study report, which evaluated alternatives and various environmental, socio-economic, and planning needs in order for the project to move forward through ODOT’s project development process. STONE is also completing floodplain coordination with the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) and local floodplain manager.
STONE is currently providing Project Management Services and coordination between ODOT, the City, and the Designer in an effort to streamline submittals and manage the project schedule.