Friends of the Riverfront today announced that the Hazelwood Trail will be closed effective Monday for the remainder of the summer, and probably most of fall:
The Hazelwood segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail will be closed and inaccessible for several months beginning August 5, 2013 as initial redevelopment work is completed on the ALMONO site. Site design and trail reopening details will be posted shortly.
I’m not a professional, so I can’t read the plans correctly. There are several spots marked “CONSTR”. I hope these correspond to the spots that need some sort of drainage work. Also I would hope that the master plan includes a provision for continuing the marking on Gloster and then to 2nd (and on to the Greenwood Bridge).
I’ll avoid suggesting that the trail should continue through the train yards and provide a path to the Duck Hollow trail.
The linked plans are dated 2011, pre-trail. The drainage issue I photographed when the trail opened doesn’t correspond to any of the CONSTR spots. Those appear to be labeling the center line of the trail, using a superimposed LB or BL symbol. (“Construction build line”?)
The cross section at the end of the plans includes a note “Profile bike path section during construction to ensure positive drainage”. I think this just means to ensure water falling onto the trail flows off.
I don’t see anything in the plans to suggest ditches alongside the trail to collect water flowing toward the trail and direct it elsewhere and eventually under the trail, as you’d find on rail trails built on a slope. But I don’t know exactly what measures would be appropriate for this specific trail, or whether you’d expect to see them in this type of plan.