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Beach trail construction in Treasure Island begins in October

TREASURE ISLAND — In about a month, construction of the city's new $1.6 million Central Beach Trail will begin.

On Tuesday, property and business owners along the nearly 1-mile route of the pedestrian walkway will learn how their businesses and beach access will be affected both during construction and after the project is completed. It will also be their last chance to ask for tweaks to the construction schedule.

The meeting for those the city describes as "stakeholders" will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall. It is open to residents, as well, and will be simulcast on cable television.

Information about the project and what will happen during construction will be presented by the contractor, Biltmore Construction; the designer, Graham-Booth Landscape Architecture; and the city staff.

The beach trail project calls for complete replacement of a major portion of the city's 46-year-old concrete walkway at the edge of the beach along the Gulf of Mexico from 119th Avenue to just past 104th Avenue.

The walkway will be 12 feet wide and include benches and trash receptacles. A low wall will separate the trail from the beach itself. Dim, turtle-safe specialty lighting will be installed at 20-foot intervals.

The original trail was built in 1966, widened in 1998, and is now badly deteriorating.

Construction is expected to begin in October and take about three months to complete.

Active construction areas will be fenced off and beach access may be redirected, according to the contractor's bid, but each property will have access to the beach, according to the construction plan.

Actual work will occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

One section of the trail will not be reconstructed, however — the 500-foot portion that is owned by the city of St. Petersburg and used as that city's municipal beach.

St. Petersburg's proposal to participate in reconstruction of its part of the trail was rejected by the Treasure Island Commission in August. That portion has not been included in a Florida Department of Environment Protection permit.

City officials hope the project will encourage adjacent property owners to improve landscaping and amenities on their property along the new beach trail.

Beach trail construction in Treasure Island begins in October 09/22/12 [Last modified: Monday, September 24, 2012 10:12am]
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