New Bicycle And Walking Trail

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Bikers and walkers will soon reap the benefits of the city's efforts to get people back to work.

Tallahassee Commissioners approved additional funding to build a new bicycle and pedestrian trail Wednesday night.

The Campbell Connector will bridge the existing St. Marks Trail to the Jack McLean Park on Paul Russell Road.

City Commissioners are anxious to push this and other construction projects to the bidding process so that more local jobs will soon be available.

"We're designing them. As soon as we get them finished, we're putting them out on the street. We want to get that money, like I said, get that money out into the market and circulating," says Gabe Menendez with the Tallahassee Public Works.

The city is spending 618-thousand dollars on the new trail... and the Federal Department of Transportation is to reimburse the city up to that amount.

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  • by bubba#2 Location: talla on May 28, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    it is a waste, i don't care if the GOV. is refunding your money. it is wasted tax dollars.
  • by Gary Location: Tallahassee on May 28, 2009 at 08:41 AM
    $618,000 for a new bike and walking trail, and the employees of the City have to pay to park. Seems that the parking fees could be cut out for years with this money. Hope Anita is happy, guess she is since she don't have to pay to park
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 07:47 AM
    Considering how Fat and Stupid America has become what better to help with jobs and citizens than a track, to get us to work, and to get us in shape. Seriously? Just because you may not use it doesn't mean it isn't beneficial to others LINDA this would be a free track for people, not something they have to go spend money at a gym on. FRED I do agree it does need to be spent on something besides this, maybe the school system that is failing because the state would rather spend money on inmate beds for locked up prisoners than on a childs education.
  • by dumb dolly on May 28, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    where is this trail supposed to be? We already have one muggar trail, do we really need another one?
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    I have been unemployed for some time. I do have health insurance, thanks to my wifes employer who eats more of our cost than other companies. I had a tooth that needed to be removed and I could not find any public assistance. I finally had to yank the tooth myself. Almost had to go to the ER because it would not stop bleeding. I agree with Linds and Fred. Here is a point that will be interesting to see how it plays out, The only people I have seen working on non state, mainly city projects are city work crews. I bet the city does this themselves, don't bid it out, and pockets the funds.
  • by Ima Location: Tallahassee on May 28, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    Great, a conduit to take ghetto kids from their hood out to St. Marks.
  • by Fred Location: FL on May 28, 2009 at 03:42 AM
    How about using tax dollars for something more productive....
  • by Linda Location: tallahassee on May 27, 2009 at 11:22 PM
    This is insane, I am sure the city could use this amout of money for something more useful than a trail. So many people cannot get anykind of health care in this city, If you can't afford insurance you have no options for free health care here. 618 thousand would definitly help those people with some sort of county or state funded health facility
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