Final funding secured for Volusia rail trail
By: Andrew Grant, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
The money is approved for the last remaining unfunded pieces of the 51-mile East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail across southern Volusia County, sealing one of the many major trail projects developing in a part of Florida seen as primed for ecotourism.
The pair of trail segments — from a point in the Osteen area, through Farmton, and on toward the Brevard County line — this month received about $10 million in future construction funding set aside by the state Department of Transportation.
It will take years for all the segments to connect. But trail advocates say the various trail projects in Volusia and the rest of Florida are beginning to come together as envisioned.
“This is really happening, and I’m so proud to be a part of it,” said Volusia County Councilwoman Pat Northey, who proposed groundbreaking dates in January for two new rail trail overpasses at Thursday’s council meeting.
The final two Rails-to-Trails segments include a roughly $4 million section from Guise Road off Osteen Maytown Road to Gobbler’s Lodge Road near the edge of the Farmton tree farm. That stretch of trail is scheduled for construction in 2019. The other newly funded segment, about $5.6 million from Gobbler’s Lodge to Maytown Spur Road just north of Brevard County, is slated to start getting built in 2015.