City of Akron, Ohio selected DLZ to design the Cascade Locks Bikeway, Phase IIA, along the Akron Innerbelt near downtown. This design had various challenges including
- Limited physical space to locate the trail
- Need for numerous retaining walls
- An underpass structure
- A 380-foot long pre-engineered bridge crossing the Akron Innerbelt
The Bikeway is an approximately 1,900-ft long trail that extends from the Ohio & Erie Canal enclosure. Starting just above Canal Lock 10 it leads to the Phase IIB Bikeway near the Quaker and Ash Streets intersection. The bikeway links the Cascade Locks area to the downtown Akron district as part of the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The trail is a vital part of the planned 110-mile National Heritage Corridor from Cleveland to New Philadelphia.
The proposed trail improvements consisted of a 10-foot wide ADA accessible trail with 2-foot wide shoulders on each side. The Cascade Locks Bikeway trail was constructed with a 2 percent cross slope and a maximum of 5 percent grade. It consists of an aggregate base and an asphalt base and a surface course.
DLZ also provided construction administration support services for this LPA project.