Experience the Fraser’s East Portal (Hope) Design Work Canyon to Coast Trail – RFQ# 2018-021A Preliminary Design: Bill Hartley Bridge
Via funding from the BC Rural Dividend Fund, AdvantageHOPE, Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD), and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), will oversee the completion of the design work for the Experience the Fraser (ETF) Canyon to Coast Trail (CTCT) on the Bill Hartley Bridge Fraser Hope Bridge (No.01034) and the trail along Hope’s waterfront from Water Avenue to Tom Berry Road.
Through Hope’s Economic Development Strategy the intent is to have this community recognized as a provincial tourism destination. Recreational assets like the bridge crossing and waterfront trail will serve as an economic catalyst by serving as standalone destination amenities to draw visitors from far and wide.
There are two key components to this Phase of the Project. One is the Preliminary Design of the Bill Hartley Fraser Hope Bridge. The other is the Detailed Design of a waterfront trail from Water Ave to Tom Berry Road. This RFQ will address the Bridge design. Please refer to RFQ# 2018-021B for the waterfront trail design.
In 2015, Hatch Mott MacDonald prepared a scoping study on this bridge to determine the feasibility of modifying the original railway crossing as a multi-user pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. The concept presented was a 3 m wide multi-user surface with the allowance of a removable walkway to allow for easy access to place rip-rap for pier protection as needed. As well to protect users from falling hazards and from potential concrete spalling from the bridge deck above, 3.5 m high enclosed chain-link fencing was suggested on the sides and above the multi-user pathway. All three project partners agree the proposed deck surface and enclosure options outlined in this study can be improved upon aesthetically. The study identifies a Preliminary Design and a Detailed Design. This Phase of the project will undertake the Preliminary Design:
Preliminary Design: Would confirm the available capacity of the existing structure and establish feasible alternatives for the multi-user path, including:
- Development and refinement of feasible multi-user path concepts including a comprehensive review of deck surface alternatives, protection fencing, access and lighting; parking and staging;
- Space/Placement for Amenity features such, benches, seating, viewpoints, interpretive and commercial opportunities (First Nations, KVR, river), bike racks, bike maintenance stands, signage, waste management, and traffic counter.
- A load evaluation of the existing structure for the proposed concepts;
- A preliminary safety assessment and condition inspection;
- Access for emergency pier armouring with rip rap for scour protection that can support the weight of a fully loaded dump truck and large excavator.
- Materials type and specifications
- An environmental assessment to evaluate lighting impacts on the river and establish permitting requirements;
- Construction planning including contracting arrangements and scheduling; and
- A report including concept drawings and recommendations for detailed design.
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