Just as we were publishing the previous newsletter we learned that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) had included $7.5M in its 2022 – 2023 work plan to support actual construction of the Legacy Trail extension to Ashton Road. This is the fruit of several years of efforts by the County, the MPO, FLT and other supporters to secure Florida SUN Trail funds. (Florida provides $25M per year for trail building efforts across the state).
A BIG “THANK YOU” TO FDOT. This is a vote of confidence in the County plans, since FDOT took this action before the County actually took title to the land. Though scheduled later than desirable, funding can be accelerated if the construction is “shovel ready” and other projects are delayed.
We believe FDOT’s commitment underscores our view that the County’s providing the first funds for the extension will attract other governmental and private funds.