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Work on trail extension begins

Gandy Neeley, an employee with the City of St. Petersburg's pavement maintenance, preps the site for pouring concrete at the Vinoy Park on Wednesday. When complete, the 12-foot wide path will be the North Bay Trail. [CHRIS ZUPPA, Times]

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times

Gandy Neeley, an employee with the City of St. Petersburg's pavement maintenance, preps the site for pouring concrete at the Vinoy Park on Wednesday. When complete, the 12-foot wide path will be the North Bay Trail. [CHRIS ZUPPA, Times]

Workers recently started construction on a 12 foot wide pathway for the North Bay Trail.

Targeting runners, walkers and recreational cyclists, the new trail starts at Vinoy Park and will go as far north as Rio Vista, with plans to eventually connect to Progress Energy Trail.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in November, with plans to mark the opening with the Waterfront Centennial celebration.

Pinellas Trail Timeline

1888 The Orange Belt Railway arrives in St. Petersburg

1983 Railroad right-of-way purchased by Florida Department of Transportation

1984 Pinellas Bicycle Advisory Committee proposes using the right-of-way as a bike route.

1988 Pinellas Trails Inc. forms, expands the idea to a linear park and promotes public support.

1989 The Pinellas Trail Project is approved by the Board of County Commissioners and they allocate $ 1.5 million to build a 15 miles segment. County voters approve the Penney-for-Pinellas sales tax referendum with funding to complete 35 miles of trail.

1990 Two Trail preview sites are built near Seminole City Park and at Curlew Road and Alt. 19 in Dunedin. Five miles of the Pinellas Trail from Taylor Park to Seminole City Park are completed on December 1st.

1991 The first Trail overpass opens over Ulmerton Road, Largo.

1992 Trail from Taylor Park to Ozona opens. The West Bay Drive overpass in Largo is completed.

1993 Trail from Seminole City Park to St. Petersburg opens. The Trail overpass at Orange Street and Alt. U.S. 19 opens.

1994 St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs sections of the Trail open.

1996 Park Boulevard overpass opens in Seminole.

1997 Seminole Boulevard and 113th overpasses in Seminole open. The downtown Clearwater section opens and construction on the Cross Bayou Bridge begins.

1999 The Friendship Trail Bridge (old Gandy Bridge) linking Pinellas County and Hillsborough County opens.

2000 Cross Bayou Bridge opens in Seminole.

2001 Park Street overpass near Tyrone Boulevard opens.

2002 Central Avenue, 1st Avenue South and Pasadena Avenue overpass opens.

2003 Pinellas Trail designated as a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System by United States Department of Interior, National Park Service.

2004 Overpass at 38th Avenue North and Tyrone Boulevard completed; nine brightly decorated trail markers based on railroad crossing signs and signals were installed identifying each city the trail crosses; and the Elfers spur connecting the Pinellas Trail to the North Anclote River Nature Park was completed.

2005 The Pinellas Trail celebrated its 15th anniversary.

2006 The Jasmine section in Tarpon Springs was completed, extending the trail under U.S. 19 and connecting to Keystone Road.

2008 A three mile extension along the south side of First Ave. S to connect the trail to downtown St. Petersburg was completed.

2009 Work began on the Clam Bayou Trail, which will be an extension of the Pinellas Trail. It begins where the Pinellas Trail meets 43rd St. S. Work began on the North Bay Trail, connecting the Pinellas Trail to Coffee Pot Park.

2010 Grand opening is held for 34th Street Trail bridge. Stickers, each with a unique number, were affixed every 200 feet along the trail for cell phone users to call 911 in case of an emergency. The Pinellas County Commission approved the a stretch of the trail to be included as part of the widening of Keystone Road

Source: Pinellas County Parks & Recreation Department and St. Petersburg Times Archives

Work on trail extension begins 08/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 6:48pm]

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