Coastland prepared feasibility studies and performed engineering design to develop a key bicycle and pedestrian pathway along the SMART corridor in downtown Healdsburg. The Foss Creek Pathway extends from the southern to northern limits and plays a significant role in growing the community and encouraging transit-oriented development in Healdsburg.
The pathway meanders between trees along the railroad tracks from the south to north end of town, tying into the Railroad Depot to allow users to transfer from one mode of transportation to another. For safety and security, a six foot fence separates the railroad from the pathway and decorative lighting was installed through the length of the project. The 10-foot wide pathway is located a minimum distance of 15 feet from the railroad centerline, with more clearance where possible. The pathway elevation is established based on the future reconstruction of the SMART tracks and the desired drainage patterns. Where necessary, a v-ditch in accordance with SMART standards was designed between the rail and the pathway to provide improved drainage conditions.
Coastland’s role also included preparing hydrology and hydraulic calculations, upgrading storm drain facilities and addressing environmental concerns. The project involved extensive coordination with Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) and received recommendations from the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).