Fall Line Trace, Columbus, Georgia
The City of Columbus hired WK Dickson to provide all of the services necessary to realize their vision of a city-wide greenway. Today, a new trail system named Fall Line Trace has emerged that enriches the community, and was designed with enthusiastic feedback from its citizens. Fall Line Trace is truly a trail for the people. Overall, WK Dickson provided all of the surveying, design, engineering, and permitting services required to construct this rails-to-trails project. Included in the design were 8-miles of rail-trail conversion, 2-miles of sidewalks with connectivity to the Columbus Riverwalk and the Chattahoochee River, and 3 Park & Ride locations easily accessed from the trail.
In addition, 3 pedestrian bridges were designed to replace existing railroad bridges that were not suitable for retrofit for trail use. Although the engineering and design elements were the primary focus of WK Dickson, the team also relied on its strong relationship with the community to address local needs. A citizen’s advisory committee was formed and the public was highly involved in the process. The project was awarded a 2011 Engineering Excellence Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Georgia.