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Central Florida gets millions for trails

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Wow. Thanks largely to the efforts of state Sen. Andy Gardiner of Orlando, the state intends to spend $44.4 million, including $6.7 million in Metro Orlando, designing and constructing bike paths.

That’s by far the largest amount of funding ever put forth for bike paths at one time. Gardiner has pushed for several years for the Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott to green light the appropriation and his perseverance finally paid off.

Much of the money will go toward completing the Coast to Coast Connector, a 275-mile bike trail that would link Canaveral National Seashore with downtown St. Petersburg. About 70 miles need to be built to complete the ambitious project.

Four Central Florida ventures are set to receive money. They are:

  • A trail by Palmetto Avenue to Kissimmee worth $2.2 million.
  • A Coast to Coast section by U.S. Highway 441, near Apopka costing $2 million.
  • A trail between Wayside Park and Lake Monroe Park in Seminole and Volusia counties worth $1.8 million.
  • Spending $700,000 on designing a portion of the Van Fleet Trail in Lake County by /County Road 565.

Get all the information from the Florida Department of Transportation in the press release below:

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