Mississippi River Greenway Park Connection - Bellerive to Sister Marie Charles Park
St. Louis, Missouri
Access is the Prime Consultant for the seed project that stemmed from the Mississippi River Greenway Planning project’s Master Plan. Access wrote a successful Green Infrastructure Grant for the project. It was the first grant selected for award through Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District/EPA Pilot Program. The project connects two parks, Bellerive Park and Sr. Marie Charles Park, in the Carondolet neighborhood of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. This project was a partnership between the City of St. Louis Parks Division and Great Rivers Greenway District.
The project includes reconstruction of Elwood Street and a system of switchbacks with retaining walls, flatwork, and landscaping to create cohesiveness between the parks and provide a direct connection to the future Mississippi River Greenway facility on Broadway.
Al Foster Memorial Trail Extension
Access was the Prime Consultant responsible for the award-winning design of this extension to the Al Foster Memorial Trail. The project consisted of a 12-foot wide trail constructed along abandoned railroad right of way adjacent to the Meramec River to provide an attractive and sustainable trail extension in the City of Wildwood, Missouri.
Access implemented several historic elements in this unique design. 1850’s vintage railroad structures were repaired and/or retrofitted for use along the alignment. Materials from abandoned structures were reused for trail improvements, providing an attractive, sustainable, green solution. The project also included a new 193-foot bridge, a stone arch culvert rehabilitated with liner plate, a path providing river access and resting areas throughout the alignment. Access also provided construction administration services for this project, including shop drawing review, construction staking and answering requests for information.
This project won the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Missouri Honor Award for the unique design application and successful implementation.
Grant's Trail Multi-Phase Projects
St. Louis County, Missouri
Access was the Prime Consultant for this multi-phase, multi-discipline extension of Grant’s Trail for the Great Rivers Greenway District through multiple St. Louis County municipalities. Access provided project management throughout the design and construction phases of this large-scale project.
This project included a wide variety of improvements in addition to the 12’ wide asphalt dedicated trail. Two abandoned railroad bridges were retrofitted to allow for safe passage of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Two new parking lots were built along the trail, one in the City of Oakland and one in the City of Kirkwood. All parking lots included permeable pavers to reduce runoff and improve water quality. This was the first public installation of green infrastructure improvements in the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District and was built long before green infrastructure improvements were a requirement.
Access designed stand-alone restrooms for trail users at trailheads. Two pedestrian signals were built on St. Louis County right of way and one existing MoDOT traffic signal was upgraded to accommodate trail users. This project also included pedestrian activated flashers, lighting, signing, striping, landscaping, fencing, retaining walls, storm sewers, bicycle racks, benches, a custom sign monument, resting areas, and other site furnishings. Access designed all elements of these multi-phase projects to meet ADA accessibility standards throughout the project.
Access also provided construction management and inspection services for the project.
GetAbout Columbia: Garth to Gans
Access Engineering was the Prime Consultant for this multi-part project in the City of Columbia, Missouri.
Bluff Dale Connection: Access provided planning and preliminary engineering services for a trail connection along Hinkson Creek from University of Missouri-Columbia to Stadium and Old 63.
New Haven Pedway - planning and preliminary engineering services for a pedway along New Haven Rd from Rte 63 to Jefferson Farms.
South Farm Connection - planning services for the dedicated trail loop connecting New Haven Pedway to the new Gans Rd / US 63 interchange and industrial park.
Garth Extension - prepared construction documents for this dedicated trail connection from Garth and Lathrop to Clarkson Road, which included a concrete trail 8 to 10-feet wide and a new 80 ft bridge over Flat Branch Creek. The project was identified to connect neighborhoods to schools and dovetails with the walking school bus program. Access conducted public workshops throughout the project development to refine the design to suit the needs of multiple neighborhood associations, the City and other interested parties.