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Bottom left and middle drawings: From FHWA's Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access, Best Practices Design Guide.
Photo: US Access Board archives (reversed).
Right: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section: ADA Checklist for Polling Places, page 17.
Drawing: From FHWA's Designing Sidewalks and Trails for Access, Best Practices Design Guide.
Photo: High Line Canal Trail, Cherry Hills Village, CO. Photo by Stuart Macdonald, American Trails.
QUESTION: Can trails be built along an Interstate or other freeway right-of-way?
Left photo: Joseph J Kracum, Kracum Resources LLC. Published in FHWA's Public Roads Magazine, March/April 2004.
Right photo: Red Creek Bridge over I-75, near MI-134 (Upper Peninsula). From Coalition for Recreational Trails, Recreational Trails Program Annual Achievement Awards.
QUESTION: Can Shared Use Paths (or other trails) coexist with railroads?
What are some possible problems?
If installed, bollard, gates, fences, or other barriers:
Shared use paths may qualify for Categorical Exclusions, but they can impact:
Bridges are needed in any transportation network.
Walkway Over the Hudson Poughkeepsie - Highland NY
You might want to make sure this can hold tractor trailers!
Photo source: Stuart Macdonald, See more photos at: American Trails
Design for the tallest likely user:
Think about maintenance.
Design for Perception of Security
Clear Creek Trail crossing under Burlington Northern Railroad embankment, Jefferson County, CO; photo by Stuart Macdonald, August 1, 2009.
Trailside and Trailhead Facilities
Coming soon to a trail near you?