A public meeting on the project has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 5. No location has been set.
C.R. 17 bicycle trail
Commissioners accepted the recommendation of DLZ and the city engineering department that a new bicycle trail be constructed along the new C.R. 17 corridor.
The choice was between:
• An alignment from the intersection of Bashor Road and Reliance Road (Old C.R. 17) along Bashor Road to the new four-lane C.R. 17 corridor; or
• An alignment from the intersection of Bashor Road and Reliance Road (Old C.R. 17) north along old C.R. 17 to Peddler’s Village Road/C.R. 28, then west along Peddler’s and crossing the new C.R. 17.
By going along new C.R. 17, DLZ and engineering felt the path would increase the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians in crossing the four-lane C.R. 17 under the C.R. 17 bridge over Bashor Road/C.R. 30 vs. trying to negotiate a four-lane highway at Peddler’s.
Also, the new C.R. 17 options is about $400,000 cheaper. Cripe said she hoped at some point, that savings could be used to make a connection with Brookside Mobile Home Park. The savings came because of right of way acquisitions — one right of way acquisition for new C.R. 17 compared to 15 for old C.R. 17.
Redevelopment Commissioner Laura Coyne said in discussions with county officials, they were glad to see a bike path alongside new C.R. 17 as a safe way for people who are trying to go to work.
Cripe said the new path would be completely separate from the highway.
In other matters, commissioners:
• Approved a resolution allowing an agreement between the city and the state for bidding, construction and funding of safety improvements to six railroad crossings. Those crossings, part of a proposed quiet zone, include: New York Street, Burdick Street, Jackson Street, Plymouth Avenue, Reynolds Street and Purl Street.