A bicycle/pedestrian trail that would link the Pinellas Trail and the Brooker Creek Preserve with Pasco County's Starkey Boulevard and Starkey Wilderness Trail came a step closer to reality recently when officials in both counties approved an alignment.
The Tri-County Trail recommended alignment traverses an easterly path along Keystone Road in northeast Pinellas County to the Duke Energy power easement near the Pinellas/Hillsborough line and then proceeds north in the Brooker Creek Preserve all the way to the intersection of Starkey Boulevard at S.R. 54.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations in both counties approved it at their respective meetings. The alignment resulted from the findings of a study conducted by URS Corporation in coordination with MPO staff members from Pasco and Pinellas counties, affected property owners and citizens.
The trail connects to the Starkey Wilderness Park at its northern end and also provides a connection to the Brooker Creek Preserve on the south side of Keystone Road. Pasco County has already allocated Penny for Pasco proceeds for its portion of the project, which is scheduled for construction in 2016-17. The Tri-County Trail is also part of the Florida Coast to Coast Connector Trail, which extends from Pinellas County to Titusville on the east coast.