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Each corridor will be evaluated based on public safety.
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Yes, a copy of the Master Plan is available on the City’s website by clicking here.
The Jacksonville Beach Urban Trails Project is an ambitious plan to connect every neighborhood to a high-quality shared-use path network that provides a safe, intuitive, and comfortable way to walk, run, bike or skate to the beach, parks, schools, shops, jobs and other destinations. The plan will allow residents and visitors of all ages and abilities new, viable recreational and travel choices.
Yes. The plan is a culmination of community, stakeholder, staff input, and the latest planning and design practices. Public input provided a clear list of goals and objectives for the project and became the basis for concept designs and routing.
Public meetings were held on the following dates:
No, it is our intention not to allow motorized vehicles on the trail.
Our Consultants are seeking the most favorable routes that provide lowest overall costs and fewest conflicts with utilities and other obstacles. Included in consideration of trail locations are: width of public right-of-way, location of existing walkways, utilities and drainage etc.
Yes, the City intends to brand the Urban Trail System with directional signs and maps throughout the network.
Yes, City staff is working on landscape designs for the network. Installation will coincide with completion of constructed corridors.
Paver driveway aprons will be removed for the installation of the urban trail. Upon completion of the concrete trail, the pavers will be replaced between the street and the trail and between the trail and private property line. Adjustments to the driveway slopes may have to be done to ensure proper drainage. The City standards for paver driveways were updated in October 2023; click here to view them.
We understand there are many home owners within Jacksonville Beach who may currently be utilizing City right-of-way (ROW) for various reasons. While most instances of this usage does require a revocable encroachment permit, which states the City may take this property back at any time, we anticipate working with property owners to accommodate urban trail installations the best way possible.
The City plans to utilize signage to facilitate a safe, easily understood use. As is the standard with current sidewalks, we would reference City Code of Ordinances Section 31-5: A person propelling a bicycle upon and along a sidewalk, or across a roadway upon and along a crosswalk, shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
The width of the urban trail will vary along each corridor. Many factors will be taken into consideration when making this determination including: the width of public right-of-way, location of existing walkways, utility location, drainage considerations, etc.
We anticipate construction to begin in the summer of 2024 for the first four corridors, which includes 15th Avenue North, 8th & 9th Ave North, 4th Avenue North, and Jacksonville Drive.
Completion of the entire Urban Trail Network will take several years and is dependent on annual budget appropriations.
Yes, drainage is a key factor in the development of the urban trail project. We are making sure drainage will remain in the roadway area, away from private property. Public Works manages drainage by considering volume of a 24 hour, 25 year event. The amount of sidewalk and blacktop utilized for roadways and pedestrian transportation do not negatively affect the drainage calculations.
No, that calculation of lot coverage for private property does not include the right-of-way.