Heritage Trail Extension

Goshen & Middletown, NY

HVEA is the prime design consultant for this three PIN, 10 mile shared-use path extension project to provide a link from the Village of Goshen to the City of Middletown. This project features unique alignment and coordination challenges, multi-municipal agency coordination and environmental challenges as large sections of the abandoned Erie Railroad alignment were sold and developed on. Special attention was required on routing through the City of Middletown and the Village of Goshen, specifically creating links to destinations such as the future Middletown Transportation Center and Thrall Library and maximizing trail user exposure to the business district.

The design for this challenging shared-use path project incorporates a balance of safety, functionality and aesthetics. HVEA is responsible for designing a 10′ wide continuous shared use path, 36 at-grade crossings, extensive routing assessments, emergency access, rehabilitation of 4 bridges, design of 2 new pedestrian bridges and a new concrete box culvert/tunnel, a marked ADA compliant sidewalk link in the Village of Goshen, information kiosks, environmental permitting, NYSDOT Highway Work and Use & Occupancy Permits, and obtaining NEPA and FHWA concurrence through the NYSDOT Local Projects Units.

Sustainability and innovative design solutions are key guiding principles of engineering and our bridge engineers found an innovative solution to incorporate deck panels from the Old Tappan Zee Bridge to replace two railroad superstructures that were previously removed. The Tappan Zee Bridge had more than 2,000 precast deck panels, some only 5 years old, that could be utilized on other projects such as with the Orange County Heritage Trail.

This project includes:

  • 10 miles of paved shared use trail
  • At-grade crossings
  • Steel bridge rehabilitation
  • Prefabricated superstructure design
  • Parking lot and access path design
  • Environmental considerations including an application for an Army Corps/DEC joint permit
  • Field inspection for determination of section loss to be used for the structural analysis