Athens-Clarke County Announces Proposed Design Concepts for the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek,
Seeking Public Input
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department has identified a preliminary design for a pedestrian bridge connection for the Firefly Trail. The design concept is based on prior public input and is designed to preserve the history of the trestle, increase connectivity and accessibility through non-motorized transportation and is sensitive to stewardship and budgetary needs.
Two public open house sessions, with an informational presentation at the beginning of the session, are scheduled for Monday, September 16 and Thursday, September 19 at the Athens-Clarke County Planning Department Auditorium located 120 West Dougherty Street. Input gathered during this outreach process will be incorporated into the team’s final recommendations.
A remnant of a wooden railroad trestle currently exists in Dudley Park, commonly referred to as The Trestle or the Murmur Trestle. Earlier this year, the Firefly Bridge over Trail Creek project team conducted a structural evaluation of the railroad trestle to investigate its viability as part of the trail system. Based on the findings of the structural assessment, the design team produced several alternative options for the future Firefly Trail connection and crossing of Trail Creek. The options were the subject of a robust community engagement process that included Public Listening Sessions in March 2019, a series of Public Meetings in May, a review with the County Commission, User Group Meeting, local community events, and online surveys.
Taking the structural evaluation and public input into consideration, the design team developed a preliminary design for the bridge. To refine the design into preliminary plans that are anticipated to be adopted by the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commissioners in October, staff and project team are soliciting public input.
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Presentation for Public Information Open House: