The Tale of the Doodle Rail Trail – from Planning to Implementation
by Blake Sanders, Design Associate at Alta Planning + Design
The Cities of Easley and Pickens, SC purchased the Pickens “Doodle-line” Railway with the intent of exploring the creation of an eight-mile-long rail trail in this corridor. The rail trail will serve as transportation and a recreation amenity for residents and visitors, and enhance connectivity between the two cities.
Alta was selected by the Cities of Easley and Pickens’ officials to both master plan and complete a design-build effort for the Doodle Rail Trail. Being involved in every step of the process, from planning to implementation, is an exceptional journey, and one that Alta prides itself on being able to take with our clients.
The design-build team is staying closely involved to make sure this 7.5-mile greenway is completed within engineering boundaries, under budget, and on-time. The plan is to have the Doodle Rail Trail opened by May 25. Currently, King Asphalt, the General Contractor (GC), has paved 3.2 miles, completed final grading for 5.2 miles (awaiting a little better weather before paving), and has completed infrastructure repairs (storm, sanitary, water, etc.) for 6.0 miles.
Watching something be built, developed, or transformed before your own eyes is amazing, but there are bound to be low and high points throughout the transformation process.
Despite these bumps in the road, construction is still on schedule and we are excited to start using the trail in late May. Alta is also managing the Cities’ logo contest for the trail.
Update – The Doodle Trail breaks ground.