Proposal to extend Florida's bike trails through south Hillsborough County

Posted at 4:14 PM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 10:26:02-04

A transportation policy board for Hillsborough County hopes to expand the Bay Area’s trail system with a proposed 13-mile trail that would run under and along the Selmon Expressway.

There is a new proposal for a project called the South County Greenway Connector that would fill a missing gap in the SUNTrail Southwest Coast Connector trails that runs across the state of Florida.

The Metropolitan Planning for Transportation and Hillsborough County wants to connect seven communities within Hillsborough County to Manatee County.

Those areas would include the Palm River, Clair Mel City, Progress Village, Riverview and Gibsonton areas.

In the first phase of the project, the planning department is seeking public input on the route the path would go to connect key landmarks in the areas it would run.

This is a rough draft of a possible route – but is not set in stone.

The trail would provide non-motorized transportation opportunities to link important destinations including parks, recreation facilities, public schools, nature preserves and neighborhoods.

The public meetings on where the path should go will be held the first week in April.

The first date is April 3, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. in the Community Room at the 78th Street Community library.

The second date is Wednesday, April 4th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gardenville Recreation Center.

The project is in it’s first phase of finding the best route for the path, they will then have to seek funding for the project.

As of now, the proposal is not projected in the MPO’s five-year plan.

For more information on the study and the plans, click here.