Project Summary

Toole Design is developing guidebooks for the Federal Highway Administration on trails as resilient infrastructure, with drafts currently under review by FHWA and stakeholders. The guidebooks, which cover topics of climate change resilience and emergency response and preparedness, will serve as resources for the national trails community.

Drawing upon the latest research, best practices in trail design and management, and case studies from trail projects around the country, key sections of the guidebooks include:

  • How to assess the vulnerability of trails to climate change and extreme weather
  • How to design, plan for, manage, and maintain trails to be resilient to climate change and extreme weather
  • Funding opportunities and strategies to leverage existing funding for trail resilience
  • Associated design and maintenance costs and benefits and innovative finance strategies

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