Archer Braid Trail, Paynes Prairie subject of 2 workshops

Published: Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6:48 p.m.

Two public workshops are set for today on separate city and county projects that have generated considerable citizen interest in recent years.

Alachua County staff will hold a public workshop at 6 p.m. on the design plans of the proposed Archer Braid Trail through the Haile Plantation subdivision.

The workshop will be in the cafeteria of Kanapaha Middle School, 5005 S.W. 75th St.

A staff presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., and public comment will follow the presentation.

The proposed route of the trail has raised concerns among some Haile residents. In a recent letter to The Sun, the boards of the three Haile Plantation homeowners associations stated the groups support the Archer Braid Trail but would like to see it routed down Southwest Archer Road to Tower Road.

Those unable to attend can email comments to Jeffrey Hays, the county’s Transportation Planning manager, at

Also at 6 p.m., the city of Gainesville will hold a public meeting to provide information on the approximately $22.1 million Paynes Prairie sheetflow restoration project.

The meeting will be at the Thomas Center, 302 N.E. Sixth Ave.

The project is intended to reduce the level of nutrients flowing through Sweetwater Branch and into Alachua Sink as required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

It also will restore the natural flow of water through an area of the north prairie where man-made canals were constructed several decades ago.

The project will include the construction of 125 acres of wetlands, an upgrade to the GRU wastewater treatment plant on Main Street and a boardwalk system.

Construction is expected to start in August and take two years.

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