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Trail Design Guidelines and Standards

The County developed a set of recommendations for specific conditions of Ludlam Trail. A methodical approach which included the research and analysis of existing corridor conditions, best practice principles, national and local comparable trails and facilities, and lessons learned provides decision makers with sound recommendations for the Ludlam Trail and trails throughout Miami-Dade County. Each recommendation is incorporated into the design guidelines and includes:

  • Information on trail width
  • Trail materials
  • Trail lighting
  • Access barriers
  • Signage and wayfinding
  • Corridor vegetation
  • Trail amenities
  • Street crossings
  • School and park connections
  • Trail marketing

Shared-use paths contain many design elements which can help enhance a trail user's experience and the number of visitors. Eight study areas were identified along the Ludlam Trail corridor based on a number of opportunities and desire for representative areas which demonstrate unique, yet common issues designers will face while planning the trail.

Each study area was observed in detail, researched and analyzed for best practices principles, lessons learned and recommendations. A detailed plan, section and illustrative perspective were prepared for each of the eight study areas to provide decision maker with information for design guidelines for Ludlam Trail and trails throughout Miami-Dade County.

For more information, please contact Mark Heinicke at 305-755-7811 or mheinic2@miamidade.gov.

Typical Above-Grade Crossing

Rendering of West Flager Street CrossingWest Flagler Street - Option 1 

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical above-grade crossing of an arterial road
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Utilization of full corridor width for trail user amenities
  • Visually pleasing retaining wall system
  • Outdoor seating space
  • Opportunity to incorporate public artwork
  • Connection to a municipal park
  • Forms western gateway to City of Miami

West Flagler Street - Option 2
Rail-with-trail concept

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical above-grade crossing of an arterial road
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Preservation of active freight rail corridor
  • Non-residential zoning along trail corridor
  • Opportunity to incorporate public artwork
  • Connection to a municipal park
  • Forms western gateway to the City of Miami

Similar conditions at SW 8th St. (Tamiami Trail)

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Typical Local Street Crossing

Rendering of SW 16th Street CrossingSW 16th Street
Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical at-grade crossing of a local street
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Wide trail crosswalk zone for user comfort
  • Incorporation of bike lanes on a local street
  • Pedestrian crosswalk flashing warning lights
  • Quick response push button pedestrian crosswalk actuators

Similar conditions as SW 4th St., SW 12th St., SW 16th St., SW 21st St., SW 22nd St., North Waterway Drive, SW 60th St., and SW 64th St.

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Typical Collector Street Crossing

Rendering of Coral Way (SW 24th St.) CrossingCoral Way (SW 24th St.)

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical at-grade crossing of a collector or minor arterial street
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Wide trail crosswalk zone for user comfort
  • Angled refuge island for maximum pedestrian visibility
  • Incorporation of bike lanes on collector street
  • Traffic signals for user activated push button
  • Pedestrian crosswalk flashing warning lights
  • Quick response push button pedestrian crosswalk actuators
  • Embedded pedestrian crosswalk warning lights

Similar conditions at SW 56 St. (Miller Drive) and SW 72nd St. (Sunset Drive)

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Typical Park Connection

Rendering of A.D. Barnes Park ConnectionA.D. Barnes Park

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical existing bridge converted to trail use
  • Extensive park connectivity
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Group shelter with picnic tables
  • Connection to trail junction
  • Decision making area with distinctive landscape and signage

Similar conditions at City of Miami Robert King High Park

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Typical Arterial Street Crossing

Rendering of Bird Road (SW 40th St.) CrossingBird Road (SW 40th St.) - Option 1
Below-Grade Crossing

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical below-grade crossing of an arterial road
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Non-residential zoning along trail corridor
  • Opportunity to incorporate public artwork
  • Protection of road viewshed
  • Limited visual impact on surrounding community
  • Wide vertical viewshed from trail for an open feel
  • Sky-light within median for maximum natural light

Bird Road (SW 40th St.) - Option 2
Above-Grade Crossing
 

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical above-grade crossing of an arterial road
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Non-residential zoning along trail corridor
  • Aesthetically pleasing retaining wall system
  • Pedestrian connections at bridge
  • Arterial Street Crossing PDF
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Typical School Connection

Rendering of South Miami Senior High ConnectionSouth Miami Senior High Connection

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical school connection route
  • Neighborhood, street and school sidewalk network connections
  • Typical trail roundabout
  • Trail seating opportunity
  • A safe school bus lane with sidewalk
  • Potential connection opportunities to private residential development

Similar conditions at South Miami Elementary School

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Typical Neighborhood Connection

Rendering of SW 76th Street ConnectionSW 76th Street Connection

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical neighborhood connection
  • Neighborhood and street sidewalk network connections
  • Group shelter with site furnishings
  • Trail seating opportunity
  • Neighborhood meeting location and possible pavilion rental 
  • Income opportunity for operation of trail
  • Opportunity to patrol trail corridor from vehicle turn-around

Similar conditions at SW 6th St., SW 19th St., SW 23rd St., South Waterway Drive, SW 44th St., SW 48th St., SW 62nd St., SW 66th St., SW 68th St., SW 74nd St., SW 76th St., and SW 78th St.

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Typical Trail Junction and Canal Crossing

Rendering of Snapper Creek (c-2) Canal CrossingSnapper Creek (c-2) Canal

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Typical trail junction
  • Street sidewalk network connections
  • Group shelter with site furnishings
  • Trail seating opportunity
  • Neighborhood meeting location and possible rental income for operation of trail
  • Transit connection via Dadeland North Metrorail Station
  • Opportunity for bike-hub within station parking garage

Similar conditions at SW 80th St. and SW 81st St.

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Typical Trailhead Connection

Rendering of Trailhead Connection

A.D. Barnes Park

Trailheads are integral parts of any trail system. Providing a visitor center, existing parking, restroom facilities, drop-off, shaded seating, and bike racks, the A.D. Barnes Park trailhead serves both the park and trail with amenities, maximizing benefits. With one (1) centrally located trailhead, Ludlam Trail will rely on strong connections to municipal and county parks for amenities and parking.

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Typical Pedestrian Mid-Block Railroad Crossing

Rendering of Railroad Crossing  SW 6th Ave. Railroad

Pedestrian railroad crossings require extensive safety precautions to limit trail user access to active rail lines. A minimum twenty (20) foot dynamic envelope should be planned for maintenance access to the rail line. By planning a deflection in the crossing, trail users must slow down and observe proper times to cross the railroad. Neighborhood connections should be planned to encourage controlled pedestrian use of the corridor and maintain strict limited access to the active railroad.

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Page Last Edited: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:15:30 AM
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