Camp Chase Rail with Trail Franklin and Madison Counties, Ohio

Project Owner: Franklin County and Columbus Metroparks
Client: Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

National Engineering & Architectural Services Inc. (NEAS Inc.) performed the geotechnical investigation for the development of a bicycle and pedestrian facility between the Wilson Road trailhead in Madison County, Ohio, and Sullivant Avenue in Franklin County, Ohio. The proposed 11-mile-long trail, sited adjacent to the Camp Chase Railroad, will complete an important link in the Ohio-to-Erie-Trail through Central Ohio.

Planned by the Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District (Metroparks), the trail will provide non-motorized access to more than 6,000 acres of Metroparks property along the Big Darby Creek, a state- and federally-listed Scenic River. It will aid in connecting trail users statewide by linking several existing and proposed pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The project will also increase the overall functionality of the Metroparks trail network and will provide access to the planned Sullivan Avenue corridor, which will in turn facilitate access to downtown Columbus, Ohio.

As a subconsultant, NEAS Inc. conducted geotechnical engineering, drilling, and testing for 11 miles of new bikeway that includes 13 roadway intersections as well as multiple bridges, embankments, grade separations and retaining structures. A final recommendations report was prepared that included subgrade recommendations for bikeway design and construction, recommendations for retaining wall design and recommendations for bridge foundation design. Bridges and walls were designed using LRFD specifications. Slope stability and global stability were analyzed.

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