Camden Trace Trail Project


Crafton Tull prepared a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian master plan for the city of Camden, Arkansas. After visiting key locations within the city, the planning team identified opportunities and challenges for cyclists and pedestrians and coordinated with the steering committee, Camden Connections, to discuss options for recreation and transportation routes. The information gathered resulted in Crafton Tull preparing a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian master plan for the city. Included in the plan was a bicycle network to connect residents to essential destinations and activity centers.

CTA provided civil engineering services to produce biddable construction documents for this 2 mile 9’ wide multi-use pedestrian trail along an abandoned rail corridor in Camden, AR. The documents included trail alignment, grading and drainage, paving design, trail lighting, trailhead design and detailing, parking, and trail furnishings. The design also included special paving, signage, and bollards at several road crossings to include a state highway. The trail design incorporated several historical, cultural, and natural points of interest along the trail including a scenic overlook of an existing creek, an area of significant trees, a historical marker along the old rail corridor, and a natural spring that was preserved and enhanced with the construction of bioswales and rain gardens.

Prior to the design of a master plan, Crafton Tull completed a phase one concept plan for a 4-mile loop to include a multi-use trail from the Camden Depot to Maul Road where an existing bike lane connects to downtown. Crafton Tull also previously assisted with concept plans for pedestrian connections from the River Front Park into downtown as well as a bike and pedestrian route through downtown from Adams to the Depot in Camden.

Recipient 2019 ACEC Arkansas Engineering Excellence Awards – Special Projects Honors.