Sarasota gets $400K grant for MURT connection to Legacy Trail, starts NEPA approval process

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The City of Sarasota has been awarded a $400,000 grant to construct the Legacy Trail Payne Park Alderman Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) project. The grant is from the Federal Highway Administration and administered at the state level by the Florida Department of Transportation.

An agreement requires the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process be completed and approved prior to construction. NEPA policy is the basic national charter for the protection and restoration of the environment.

The city is working with Patel, Green, and Associates to perform the NEPA process and fulfill the grant requirements as outlined in the agreement.

Cash will be used to develop an at-grade trail to connect users from the Legacy Trail and Alderman MURT to downtown Sarasota, and provide shorter distances for people walking, biking, or using mobility assistance devices.

Construction will also create connections from the to Sarasota Bay, St. Armands and Lido Key, and can be utilized with bike lanes and multi-use paths along the Ringling Trail.

Project limits are South Payne Park from School Avenue at the Legacy Trail Junction, to Alderman Street and South Payne Parkway, and East Avenue.

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