Railroad tracks in Sorrento along State Road 46 would become the Lake Wekiva Trail, which would connect Mount Dora to the Wekiva Parkway Trail and Seminole Wekiva Trail. (Tom Benitez/Orlando Sentinel file / June 14, 2014)
Seminole County voters' approval of a penny sales-tax hike that starts Jan. 1 is good news for the county's trails system. The tax can be used to build new trails, and several plans are in the works. Here's a summary from Seminole public-works official David Martin:
Seminole Wekiva Trail Phase 4: This will be done in two parts. Part A is 2.04 miles running from the Orange County line at Maitland Boulevard northeast to behind West Town Corners (Walmart) shopping center. Part B is 0.71 miles from West Town Corners shopping center to San Sebastian Trailhead on State Road 436. Construction of Part A starts this summer 2014 and should finish in summer 2015. Construction of Part B will start either this summer or fall, with projected completion also in summer 2015.
Seminole Wekiva Trail along Longwood-Markham Road: This is 1.5 miles from Markham Road to State Road 46 connecting to future Wekiva Parkway Trail. Project is in design phase.
Cross Seminole Trail "Missing Link" in Winter Springs: Construction plans are permitted and complete for this 0.6-mile trail, but Seminole awaits a construction agreement from CSX before the land exchanges can happen, which are needed before construction can begin.
Cross Seminole Trail along Rinehart Road (part of Coast to Coast Trail): Paving is planned for 0.81 mile of trail closing gaps from County Road 46A to State Road 46. Project is in design phase.
Lake Monroe Trail Loop along Mellonville and Celery Avenues: This trail will be 3.5 miles from Sanford's RiverWalk trail to the wide sidewalk along SR 415. A design consultant was to be approved at the Board of County Commissioners meeting June 10.
And from Florida Department of Transportation:
Wekiva Parkway Trail: FDOT plans a multiuse trail along part of the Wekiva Parkway from Longwood-Markham Road west to the proposed Lake Wekiva Trail along an old rail bed to Mount Dora. Wekiva Parkway Trail would connect to Seminole Wekiva Trail at Longwood-Markham Road.
For more on Seminole County trails, click here.