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Work to start soon on Archer Rd. bike/walker trail

Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 8:21 p.m.

Work soon will start on a bike-and-pedestrian path along Archer Road from about 91st Street to Archer, said state Department of Transportation district spokeswoman Gina Busscher.

The section is part of, but separate from, a larger project that is expected to link Archer to Gainesville via trails but is drawing controversy over a portion that is planned to run through Haile Plantation.

“It is going to be built along the south side of the road. They have been doing design, and the actual construction should begin in late October or November,” Busscher said. “It will cost about $1 million, and they have until spring to finish.”

Plans call for another section of the trail from 91st eastward to run through Haile Plantation. Some residents are opposed to that, believing it is unnecessary in Haile because the subdivision already has a network of paved trails.

Meanwhile, DOT has started a landscaping project on about two miles of Hawthorne Road from 27th Street to 55th Boulevard as part of the repaving work that recently was done.

Busscher said a bill passed by the Legislature requires that a portion of the budget for road projects go toward landscaping.

Sabal palms, the state tree, are being used, she added.

“We try to use native plants that need very little maintenance,” Busscher said. “We put things in that just basically maintain themselves.”

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