Matt Hogan, Project Engineer in our Site Engineering [...]
By: Nathan Currie
A section of sidewalk planned nearly 10 years ago is nearing construction. The sidewalk, currently under design by Sain Associates, will connect to existing sidewalk near the intersection of Hermosa Drive and Poinciana Drive in Homewood. It will pass beneath US Highway 280 before continuing east along 20th Place Access Road and the US 280 Ramp to the Cahaba Road intersection. A new pedestrian crosswalk will be installed across Cahaba Road to connect to existing sidewalks.
In 2010, the Freshwater Land Trust developed a greenway master plan for Jefferson County and called it the Red Rock Trail System. A part of this trail system became known as the “Zoo Loop”, as it envisioned a loop of sidewalks and greenway trails which would circle the properties of the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Jumping forward eight years now, we can see the results of this planning effort as much of the plan has become a reality, with sidewalks already in place along Cahaba Road and Lane Park Road. The Zoo Connector Sidewalk is yet another piece of the Loop as it will border the southern portion of the Zoo property.
Why is the Zoo Connector Sidewalk so important?
Currently, the sidewalk design plans are approximately 85% complete. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019.