B&N provided services to help establish the final link in a five-mile trail that provides residents and visitors a safe, educational and enjoyable connection between the Eastern Shore of the Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park.
B&N performed surveying, civil engineering, and environmental design services for the second phase of the bicycle trail located along Route 13 that meanders along the Old Cape Charles Railroad bed.
This 10-foot-wide asphalt trail is the second segment of the bike trail along the Route 13 corridor of the Eastern Shore. B&N also designed the first 2.5-mile segment of this trail, which was built in 2010.
The project was completed for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and key features include:
- It was designed in accordance with Virginia’s new stormwater management criteria
- Plans were developed to uphold the natural forested land of The Nature Conservancy property located nearby while providing drainage and mimicking the quantity and quality runoff characteristics of unimproved land
- Drainage improvements were made to existing culverts, with natural detention and infiltration areas utilized for stormwater storage
- Conservation easements were added over the undeveloped areas to ensure a permanent forested condition next to the trail and provide for natural stormwater filtering
- Erosion and sediment control were designed to protect the wetlands located throughout the project area
Throughout the project, B&N led an extensive coordination process with multiple review agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Department of Transportation, Northampton County, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.