The 25th Street Trail is an important link along the Columbus, Indiana, People Trail System. The prior trail connection used a narrow sidewalk along 25th Street that crossed many commercial drives and streets. This new trail segment follows the Haw Creek bank under the 25th Street Bridge, to a new, trail-only, creek crossing further downstream in the Lincoln Park area, tying into the existing trail.

There are several unique features to this trail. First and foremost is the use of a historic truss bridge to make the creek crossing. Bartholomew County Bridge 26, a camelback-thru truss from the Town of Newbern has been relocated to cross Haw Creek. The existing truss had many members rehabilitated or replaced to make it ready for pedestrian use. This new crossing replaces the original trail crossing located on the 25th Street vehicle bridge.

Second is the extensive use of retaining walls. At the creek crossing, there is a significant elevation difference from one bank to the other. A mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) wall is used on the east side of the creek to support the trail approach to the bridge and minimize the project footprint in the floodway. As the trail approaches the 25th Street underpass, a combination of modular block wall and concrete-faced sheet pile wall is used. The wall is more than 10 feet tall in some areas. To minimize right-of-way impacts of the new trail, a sheet pile wall was used so large amounts of right of way are not needed for wall tiebacks, thus, preserving developable area.

Finally, where the new trail ties into the existing facility at the intersection of 25th Street and US 31, there is a switchback to provide access to surface streets and commercial locations above. There is very little room in this area and careful consideration was needed to comply with ADA requirements of cross slope and grade.

This project provides a safe connection for the People Trail while placing it in a much more scenic area away from traffic and other hazards.

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