A pedestrian bridge, funded entirely by grants, will be built over State Road 100 in Flagler County in the coming years, and the design will resonate with Flagler Beach’s landmark A-frame pier. The bridge will become part of the Lehigh Trail-Graham Swamp Trail system.
The $1.5 million design is to be funded with federal grants through the Florida Department of Transportation this year, with $6.4 million in construction funded in fiscal year 2021. The grants are dedicated for parks and trailheads and can't be used for any other purposes, according to County Engineer Faith Alkhatib. Amy Kennedy is the project manager for the county. Kissinger Campo and Associates drafted the bridge design.
A “paper-clip turn” exiting the walkway on the south side of State Road 100 was of concern to County Commissioner Charlie Ericksen Jr., an avid bicyclist, but engineers said the ramps have a gentle, 5% slope and satisfy FDOT regulations.
A future phase could add photovoltaic panels to the side of the A-frame walkway, allowing for self-sustained lighting.
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