Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Pedestrian Bridge
Thank you park patrons for your continued patience for the temporary trail closures! Construction at the bridge is moving along despite the summer rains. The contractor has completed installing all of the pilings for the southern boardwalk and has now begun the decking. Occasionally, there will be temporary short-term closures of the trail between the parking lot and the east dam to facilitate construction deliveries. These will be noticed with signage placed in the parking lot. We realize that the trail closures are not popular with many users, but they are necessary to keep both the public and the construction workers safe. Please abide by the signs and give the crew space. This keeps them and you safe. We appreciate your assistance and patience. We anticipate construction being complete by February 2014.
To literally bridge a gap in the network and safely connect the City's Lafayette Heritage Trail Park and Leon County's J.R. Alford Greenway, the City of Tallahassee has started work on a pedestrian bridge over the CSX railroad tracks.
The project will provide a safe, vital link in the Tallahassee Greenway and Trail System while preserving trees, creating scenic vistas and building a structure in harmony with a natural setting.
During construction, trails leading from the East Dam on Piney Z to the J.R. Alford Greenway will be closed. Users may access the Greenway by taking Pedrick Road to the main Greenway entrance. From the other side, users may access Lafayette Heritage Trail Park by taking Conner Blvd. to Heritage Trail Park Blvd. and entering the park's main entrance.
Trails are not officially designated across the CSX tracks, nor has CSX granted permission for the currently unapproved "at grade" crossing. Users, however, frequently cross the tracks. The existing railroad crossing is void of safety facilities and sight distance along the track is limited. Eight or more trains pass through the park at a high rate of speed each day.
The contractor for the project is Nature Bridges, JD James Inc., a Tallahassee-based company that specializes in top down timber construction and building in sensitive environments. The current design for the 133-foot bridge includes a prefabricated box truss bridge of weathering steel with a metal roof and wooden boardwalk.