Bike path linking Key Largo to North Key Largo up for approval

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January 15, 2014

A $3.4 million project to build nearly 12 miles of bicycle lanes from Key Largo to Ocean Reef in North Key Largo goes to the Monroe County Commission on Thursday.

Commissioners hold their regular January meeting at the Harvey Government Center on Truman Avenue in Key West, a day later than usual.

If approved, Construct Group Corp. of Hialeah Gardens would be authorized to build 11.5 miles of bicycle lanes along County Road 905 at a cost of $3,378,360.

County Road 905, from near mile marker 106.5 north through lands protected for conservation and wildlife, have become increasingly popular as a bicycling route from Miami-Dade County.

The annual Bike MS: Breakaway to Key Largo benefit ride on March 1 alone will bring about 1,500 bicyclists down to Key Largo.

Monroe County’s share of gas-tax revenue will pay for $2.5 million of the project. Money from the county’s infrastructure sales tax will provide $866,026.

The bike-lane project originally was bid last June. Clarifications of the contract delayed approval. If authorized Thursday, the contractors have about 10 months to complete construction.

The County Commission’s meeting, beginning at 9 a.m., was moved back a day so commissioners and staff can attend today’s Seven 50 Summit in Broward County.

That effort joins seven South Florida counties to create “a blueprint for growing a more prosperous, more desirable Southeast Florida during the next 50 years and beyond.”

Commissioners David Rice and Sylvia Murphy will be out of the county for the Thursday meeting, leaving commissioners Heather Carruthers, George Neugent and Danny Kolhage to handle the session. As a result, the agenda for the meeting was intentionally limited.

Commissioners will hear:

  • A presentation on the plan to build an underpass at the east end of the Old Seven Mile Bridge to allow bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled safer access to the historic span.
  • Renewal of the contract with South Shore Aviation Associates to manage the fixed-base operation for private aircraft at Florida Keys Marathon Airport.
  • A resolution recommending Neugent serve on the Gulf Consortium, a panel handling some of the state’s expected revenue from BP Deepwater Horizon fines.
  • Renewing a resolution for assessments for the Cudjoe Regional system of wastewater improvements.

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