Phase III completed the long awaited, shared-use path along Cayuga Lake in the City of Ithaca. This final segment connects the Farmer’s Market to historic Stewart Park. The project included construction of the 10-12 foot wide asphalt path, new sidewalks, driveway reductions, and a bioswale along Willow Avenue. Fisher also rehabilitated 3 bridges, including two suspension bridges and one at-grade railroad crossing.
Fisher transformed an overgrown, seldom-used trail into a valuable community centerpiece that attracts people to area businesses and links the area’s historic sites. The new 10-mile long trail showcases the town’s history and pride. The multi-use surface accommodates pedestrians and bicycles, and is handicap accessible. Safety along the trail and at road crossings was improved. This community-valued trail also features informational and interpretive signage, amenities (picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains, trash receptacles), and landscaping. We were also awarded the 2-mile extension of the project. Unique aspects of the extension were repairs to an historic stone arch culvert that had collapsed; a trail crossing under the Thruway; designing through the Irondequoit Creek Flood Plain; and addressing impacts through environmentally sensitive areas of importance to the local Audubon society. These areas are known to contain a threatened plant species.
This project included new trails, sidewalks and roadway improvements to provide pedestrian access along the Greenway and to museums, commercial areas, and Main Street districts. Our design of the "Final Mile" of the Genesee Valley Greenway meant an ADA compliant, 8-foot wide stone dust path, accessible for runners, walkers, families, and bicycles. We designed 25-foot high abutments, retaining walls and a switchback ramp to accommodate clearance over the railroad tracks using a 6-foot wide 100-foot long engineered truss bridge with a composite deck. The 100-foot length provides the railroad a more open corridor than what the original bridge and other alternatives would have allowed.
Fisher designed a 10-foot-wide, stone dust, multi-use trail along a 1.4-mile abandoned section of the Erie-Attica Railroad, connecting the existing Genesee Valley Greenway to the Village of Avon. The project included the conversion of the former railroad bed to a multi-use trail and conversion of the former historic railroad truss bridge over the Genesee River to a pedestrian bridge. The conversion of the truss bridge entailed the installation of a new deck and railing system. The project also included the design and installation of a superstructure span over Farmer’s Road, design of a trailhead parking lot, and trail design and construction along the top of bank of the existing storm water pond within Livingston Industrial Complex. The trail termini were the Genesee Valley Greenway at the west end and Horseshoe Boulevard at the east end, where trail users are able to access Main Street and utilize wayfinding signage to get to the Village of Avon. The trail system accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians.
Cayuga Waterfront Trail - Phase 3
Auburn Trail And Extension
Cuba's Landmark Connections
Trail & Pedestrian Facilities Projects