The Upper Peace Legacy Trail is nine miles long and includes an 8-foot-wide bicycle/pedestrian trail and an equestrian trail for the last 2.5 miles. The trail travels along the berm on the east side of Lake Hancock. Project included a hydraulic analysis for four waterway locations and required ICPR modeling on Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) property.
The modeling and design required considerations for an ongoing SWFWMD project that included raising the lake Ordinary High Water Levels by 1.5 feet. Drainage design included linear ditch grading to convey the stormwater runoff to the water bodies. Cross drains were designed to maintain existing flow patterns.
The project included a 230-foot-long bicycle/pedestrian bridge and three box culverts across the four waterway crossings. All structure crossings are designed in accordance with the current AASHTO LRFD Guide Specifications for the Design of Pedestrian Bridges and applicable FDOT guidelines. The bridges and box culverts support a H10 maintenance vehicle and have a minimum clear width of 12 feet.
During the design phase and throughout permitting, multiple meetings and close coordination ensured stakeholder involvement and their desires were considered for the project. Although designed through FDOT, Polk County was the maintaining agency and SWFWMD was the property owner and permitting agency.
Permitting included SWFWMD Environmental Resource Permit (modify existing permit) and US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide permit.