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  • Location: Pinellas County, Florida

This design build project for FDOT District Seven introduces a 12 -foot wide Shared Use Path connecting Keystone Road (CR 611) and East Lake Road (CR 582) to the Pinellas/Pasco County line. Spanning over five miles, the trail traverses the scenic Brooker Creek Preserve and extends the Pinellas County Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail as part of the Coast-to-Coast Trail Network.

Key Enhancements

  • Safety First: Project provides a protected space for walking, jogging, skating and biking and includes multiple safety enhancements including a new mid-block crossing on Keystone Road for safe trail user access.
  • Environmental Stewardship: This project supports Pinellas County‚Äôs goal of superior environmental stewardship. This involved several environmental factors, including eagles, gopher tortoise permitting, and floodplain and wetland mitigation.
  • Improved Access: Gates for Brooker Creek Preserve and Lake Dan, plus access for Tampa Bay Water and Duke Energy.

Collaborative Design-Build Effort

This project showcases a seamless design-build approach involving multiple stakeholders, including Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties, FDOT District Seven, and numerous environmental and utility agencies. The integrated process ensured efficient coordination and execution of complex project components.

Trail Benefits

  • Unmatched Connectivity: Links Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties to the Coast-to-Coast trail network.
  • Outdoor Adventure: Part of the Coast-to-Coast Connector trails initiative, promising a 275-mile continuous trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Eco-Friendly Recreation: Encourages outdoor activities while supporting environmental conservation.