The Florida Department of Transportation, District 2, retained Ayres to design and prepare construction plans and special provisions for an 18-mile pedestrian/recreational trail from I-95 in St. Johns County to East Palatka in Putnam County. The multi-use trail has a 12-foot typical section with a 2-foot unpaved stabilized sodded shoulder within an existing 100-foot railroad right-of-way.
Services included designing the trail along an existing railroad bed, along with intermittent trailheads, recreational areas and associated drainage, signing and pavement marking, maintenance of traffic, and environmental mitigation plans and permit preparation. Three bridges were designed for crossings at Deep Creek, Moccasin Creek, and Cracker Branch, including hydraulic modeling for preparation of associated bridge hydraulic reports. TIITF easements were required for each of the bridges.
To date, three of the total of five segments of trail have been constructed, totaling 8.48 miles and including a pedestrian bridge over Moccasin Creek. The remaining two segments include a St. Johns County segment with two pedestrian bridges designed to tread lightly in delicate, tidally influenced freshwater wetland areas.