Toole Engineers Wraps up 2017 with a Georgia Partnership Award
Toole Engineers, Inc. was honored with the 2017 Preconstruction Award for the Planning and Design of an Alternative Mode Transportation Facility for their work on the Augusta Canal Multi-Use Trail Phase IIIB & IIIC.
Toole Engineers Inc. (TE) was the prime consultant for the project, handling total project management, lead design, permitting, and construction administration and inspection for the three-mile section of the multi-use trail. This section is part of a 13-mile system of trails that provide alternative transportation from West Augusta and Columbia County. This trail segment includes two bridges and a significant timber boardwalk. TE partnered with Cranston Engineering Group who provided the cable-stay bridge design, and Contech Engineered Solutions for the prefabricated bridge solution.
The Augusta Canal
Built in 1845, and designated by the United States Congress as a National Heritage Area in 1998 (making it the first National Heritage Area in Georgia), the Augusta Canal’s importance is unquestionable.
By creating new vistas along the river, as well as an innovative suspension-bridge design and prefabricated weathered steel bridge, TE has provided this historical landmark the long-wanted connectivity of the trail system to areas that would have been otherwise inaccessible. This project has achieved the desired goal of providing alternative modes of transportation and serving recreational needs, while positively impacting the Augusta economy. The completion of this trail section provides direct access to the downtown area which boasts approximately half a million user days annually.