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Fry Road Area Drainage Improvements and Rain Trail

Greenwood

Greenwood city officials identified the half-mile stretch of Fry Road just west of U.S. 31 as a priority stormwater project for the community. Existing drainage infrastructure along the north side of Fry Road between U.S. 31 and Kings Mill Road had deteriorated. This section of the road had ditches, culverts and a small section of storm sewer.

The goal of the proposed drainage improvements was to enhance the drainage in this area during wet weather events and provide this corridor with stormwater collection infrastructure. This corridor also lacked pedestrian infrastructure.

The Wessler team designed a 36-inch reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) to replace the failing pipes and open ditch that existed along the road. When Greenwood officials expressed a desire to include a sidewalk or bike path, Wessler worked with the officials to develop a porous asphalt multi-use trail placed above an aggregate recharge bed and 24-inch perforated polyethylene pipe in place of the proposed RCP.

The resulting “Rain Trail” provides green drainage infrastructure and pedestrian connectivity for the cost of a traditional gray RCP alone. An additional half mile of traditional, non-porous asphalt trail was designed and constructed to connect to existing sidewalks at Timbers Edge Crossing with solar-powered crosswalk signals.

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William J. Leber, P.E., LEED AP

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