Bridging Volusia - connecting Florida's Trails

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CONNECTING FLORIDA’S TRAILS

Volusia trails bridge over S.R. 415 opens in Osteen

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:28 p.m.

Another piece of the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail — a bridge over State Road 415 in Osteen — is now open.


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Two cyclists begin their ride up the eastern slope of the new bike trail bridge on State Road 415 in Osteen. Thirteen more miles of trails are under construction in Volusia County.

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The $2.2 million overpass is, for now, a “bridge to nowhere,” said Gerald Brinton, Volusia County’s director of engineering and construction. It’s the eastern end of a trail that now extends across Deltona and Enterprise all the way under Interstate 4 and through DeBary to Gemini Springs County Park and Lake Monroe Park at the Seminole County border.

Pat Northey, who served on the Volusia County Council until last year, has championed trail projects including the bridge and said she was the first one to ride across the new 415 overpass a couple of weeks ago.

“It’s beautiful,” Northey said. “It will become a major connection point for the statewide Coast to Coast Connector and it will bring visitors to town and tourism dollars to Volusia County.” 

The 415 bridge is so new, the county has yet to have a grand opening event. Brinton said that is being planned for later in February, when a parking lot beneath the bridge can be completed.

Volusia’s network of trails has grown in recent years to include 23 miles that are completed and another 13 under construction, Brinton said.

Yet another 25.5 miles are funded but not yet under construction, while the master plan includes another 9.5 miles that have yet to be funded.

A similar bridge over State Road 442 in Edgewater is nearing completion at a cost of $2.6 million.

Also under construction: a 2.6-mile trail heading east from S.R. 415. That stretch will cost nearly $1.1 million and is expected to be done by July.