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GCS council approves payment for Palmetto Trail Project

Despite delays, work should be completed in two months

By Kyla Woodard For Clay Today
Posted 7/13/23

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council approved Tuesday’s 10th progress payment towards the long-awaited Palmetto Trail Project.

The payment of $164,378.04 makes up a portion of the project …

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GCS council approves payment for Palmetto Trail Project

Despite delays, work should be completed in two months

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – The city council approved Tuesday’s 10th progress payment towards the long-awaited Palmetto Trail Project.

The payment of $164,378.04 makes up a portion of the project cost of $1,551,660.92. Construction began in September of 2022 and aims to create a recreational pathway for residents.

According to the city, the eight-foot-wide paved sidewalk will travel along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, between Vera Francis Hall Park and Palmetto Avenue, along Oak Street to U.S. Highway 17, and North Orange Avenue from Governors Creek Bridge to Harbor Road.

The pathway will also further the existing trail from Harbor Road to the city’s south end. Public Works Director and Assistant City Manager Mike Null said that the payment towards the project marks ninety percent completion. Null said the city doesn’t fund the project but rather the FDOT.

This month’s original completion date, but the project faces some delays. Null cited a stormwater issue as the cause. In addition, Null said that unforeseen phone lines also presented a complication.

“We found…a significant amount of AT&T phone lines in this area, so we’re working with them right now to get those out of the way as soon as we can so that we can then get the storm pipes repaired and then get the sidewalk finished,” Null said.

Null said until the phone lines are removed, the contractor will be at a standstill.

Without a set date for the project’s completion, Null said that he foresees the project to be completed within the next month or two.