The latest trail in the Moab Canyon Pathway trail system, the Lions Park Transit Hub and part of the CRP trail, was officially opened in Moab, Utah on May 31 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Horrocks Engineers developed a uniquely designed bridge system and designed and performed the construction management for this beautiful 2-mile trail, which runs along the Colorado River and is part of a trail system that connects Moab to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.
The paved trail system ranges in width from 8 – 12 feet and is placed on top of the banks of the Colorado River. In certain areas along the river, limited and sometimes insufficient room was available for creation and placement of the trail, so Horrocks industrialized a unique solution to accommodate trail construction while preserving the towering cliffs and the natural beauty found within the canyon. The solution was to raise the trail above the river bank using an elevated trail bridge system.
The Lions Park Transit Hub is part of a non-motorized trail system that links casual walkers, skateboarders and bikers from Moab to Arches National Park. Bikers can connect to wide, paved bike lanes along the shoulders of State Route 313, connecting them to Dead Horse Point or Grand View Point in Canyonlands. From bikers to runners and skateboarders to joggers, the trail system is safely connecting communities to the great outdoors.
The completed project represents the extensive knowledge and experience Horrocks has on Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques. The scope, limited build space, and successful competition of the project is impacting more than just the Moab community. Horrocks has been invited to present on ABC techniques at the 2014 National Accelerated Bridge Construction Conference in Miami, Florida.
The completed development consists of one pedestrian tunnel, one pre-engineered restroom building, one shade structure, one pedestrian bridge, three elevated bridges, 12 retaining walls, a new section of trail, and a new transit hub.
The newly constructed trail was recently featured in the Deseret News, KSL, and many websites and blogs throughout outdoor communities: