There's a Hillsborough County meeting Thursday to get comments from the public about the connector trail that would link the Upper Tampa Bay Trail with the Suncoast Trail.
SWFBUD has for years lobbied Hillsborough County commissioners to connect the two trails.
Please attend this meeting to voice your support for this connection.
Here's the info: UPPER TAMPA BAY TRAIL PHASE IV “C” CIP# 80222
Public Awareness Meeting February 23, 2012
Martinez Middle School, 5601 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road
Section “C” is the northern most section of the Upper Tampa Bay Trail.
It will begin at Van Dyke Road and the old railroad corridor that is now owned by Tampa Bay Water.
The trail will proceed north to a point across from Wayne Road and Gunn Highway intersection; turn east proceeding along trail right of way accessing the Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve.
The trail will meander north along the western limits of the preserve to a trailhead along Lutz Lake Fern Road approximately one half mile east of Still Wood Drive.
From here, the trail will continue east along the south side of Lutz Lake Fern Road via trail right of way to a signalized crossing to the north side.
The alignment from here meanders along trail right of way until it connects to the Suncoast Trail at the Suncoast Expressway.
TRAIL DATA: Paved, 12 Feet Wide
4.35 Total Miles
2,475 Feet of Boardwalk
TRAIL USE: Multi-use (Hikers, Joggers, Skaters, Cyclist), Daylight hours or as posted, No Equestrian Use, No bikes off the paved trail in the Preserve
TRAILHEAD: Replaces existing parking facility at the Suncoast Expressway
53 Parking Spaces (Increased parking by 28 spaces)
DESIGN/PERMITTING COMPLETE: April 2012
CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE: Start: September 2012
Substantial Completion: November 2013
PROPOSED CONSTR. FUNDING: Existing in CIP 80222 – $791,800
Transfer from CIP 89002 - $1,200,000
Existing from SWFWMD - $630,000
(To be used in the Preserve Only)
Unsecured FDOT LAP Funding - $1,500,000
(To be used along LLF Rd. Only)
TOTAL PROPOSED FUNDING: $4,121,800
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $3,750,000