Freedom Park Phase 4 - Freedom Park Trail
Scope of Work
As part of the approved James City County Parks and Recreation Bond Referendum, and in implementation of the Board Adopted 2002 Greenways Master Plan, improvements were planned and designed for the trails system to include a connection from Freedom Park Entrance Road to the existing trail on Jolly Pond Road which currently terminates at the Jolly Pond School Complex property line. This segment will utilize several previously constructed trail segments for interconnection and is partially funded by a matching grant through the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Recreational Trails Program. The trail will cross the Colby Swamp using an existing logging road and will replace deteriorated metal pipe culverts with concrete culverts and re-use the 70-foot span steel bridge previously spanning the Lake Powell spillway to cross the concrete high flow spillway. The overall project is approximately 1.2 miles in length and will be primarily asphalt paved sections with the 70-foot wooden decked steel bridge. This segment of trail implements a portion of the Freedom Park Master Plan by connecting Freedom Park with Hornsby Middle and Blayton Elementary Schools, a planned connection to facilitate multipurpose trail access to the schools. Additionally it implements one of the highest priority elements of the Gordon’s Creek Watershed Management Plan through improvements to the existing impoundment where the trail crosses Colby Swamp.
Status of Project
Trail construction in Phase 1 (50 percent of trail) from Jolly Pond Rd to the Colby Swamp low water crossing was completed in Sept 2013 espite the frequent rains this summer. The concrete culverts have been installed replacing the deteriorated metal culverts at the Colby Swamp crossing. The concrete bridge abutments and spillway were completed and the bridge set in place. The Phase 1 trail is entirely paved with asphalt.
The Phase 2 (50 percent of trail) portion of trail from the swamp crossing to the Ellipse Garden was put on hold as a Phase 2 project due to impacts to endangered and threatened species. After the main trail contract was awarded, the grant money accepted and the contractor mobilized to the site, the Department of Conservation and US Fish and Wildlife Service expressed concerns that the Small Whorled Pogonia colony shown on the plans was too close to the proposed trail. After a field visit with all concerned parties, it was decided that the impacts to the threatened species would be too great and that there were other options to relocate the trail. AES Consulting Engineers completed the new design of the realigned trail in Oct. 2013. Henderson Inc provided a change order to complete the realigned trail which was 700 ft longer than the previously proposed alignment. JCC Parks and Recreation has received additional grant funding to cover most of the costs of realignment.
Phase 2 is well under way with 90 percent of the realigned trail graded with aggregate base installed. Dec. 2013 and Jan. 2014 have been rainy and progress has stopped pending dry weather. Weather permitting, paving should be complete in March 2013.
Original project design contract cost - $12,700
Design change orders approved to date - $4,190
Current balance - $0
Henderson Trail Construction Contract - $401,762
Construction change orders approved to date - $63,487
Current Balance - $144,970
Phase II Trail Relocation Design - $15,748
Design change orders approved to date - $1,710
Current Balance - $0
- Phase 1 (50 percent of trail) - Project graded, aggregate base and asphalt paving placed on entire Phase 1 trail.
- Bridge abutment, spillway and bridge installation 100 percent complete
- Deteriorated corrugated metal culverts replaced with reinforced concrete pipe.
- Phase 2 (remaining 50 percent) - Project graded and aggregate base placed on 90 percent of Phase 2 trail.
- Finish grading and aggregate base placement on Phase 2 trail.
- Pave Phase 2 trail with asphalt.
- Threatened species impacts cause project to be realigned.
- Work in environmentally sensitive areas along Colby Swamp.
- Rainy weather.