Fuss & O’Neill was selected to design approximately five miles of shared-use path, primarily on existing railroad bed, and an adjacent equestrian trail over part of the project area. The path contained spurs to connect other recreational amenities.
The project included the design of a shade structure to reflect the architecture of a former rail freight platform and an ADA-accessible canoe launch ramp. Fuss & O’Neill’s tasks included completing a Design Study Report, preliminary and final designs, procuring environmental permits from Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, completion of the Section 106 process due to potential historic and tribal impacts, and bidding assistance.
Close coordination with RIDOT was required for this project, which is part of the East Coast Greenway, stretching from Maine to Florida. The project included the rehabilitation of three bridges, two of which cross the Pawtuxet River.