The City has received approval for $1,464,000 in funding for construction of a long awaited bike and walking trails along Canada Road from the I-40 Interchange to Highway 64. Funding is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("stimulus" funding), so no match is required. The City needs to comply with environmental and other requirements before final approval of the funding.
City Engineer Philip Stuckert, who facilitated the grant by getting information and completing the necessary actions, reports the project is planned to include a separated bike and pedestrian trail on both sides of Canada Road from Highway 64 to the I-40 and Canada Road interchange. The City is currently soliciting for Engineering Design services. The project is expected to be completed by fall of 2009.
This project will provide an alternative means of transportation for Lakeland residents, as this stretch of Canada Road is hazardous for bike riding or walking. This stretch was a major blockage to safe biking and walking to City parks, employment and shopping.
When the stretch of Canada Road from I-40 to Highway 70 is completed, this will provide alternative means of transportation to the majority of Lakeland.
Other Lakeland bike/walking trails in Lakeland include Highway 64 and Fletcher Trace from HIghway 64 to Davies Plantation.