We were the prime consultant on the Town of Hillsborough’s Riverwalk, a collection of urban greenways along the historic Eno River that total 1.8 miles. The Riverwalk is popular for walking, jogging, and cycling, and it provides pedestrian connections between local neighborhoods and downtown. The downtown portion of the Riverwalk is also the primary route of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the first section of the statewide trail system to be constructed in Orange County.
We were involved from the beginning till the end of Riverwalk’s construction. To develop the initial greenway routing and bridge crossing locations, our team performed site assessments, detailed surveys, flood plain analysis, and agency coordination. We also coordinated sub-consultants for historical and archaeological assessments. As the project progressed with supplemental contracts, we provided detailed engineering design including greenway trail design, hydraulic design, CLOMR/LOMR, and structure design to develop full construction plans, prepare bid packages, and administer the public bid processes for the resulting two construction projects.
During construction, we also provided daily inspection and testing services and construction management through project completion. Our ingenuity to utilize a top-down construction method saved the town $30,000, shortened construction time by three months, and preserved mature native trees. Riverwalk is now open and draws newcomers and residents alike to downtown Hillsborough.