County to revisit route of Archer Braid Trail

In this Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, Stephen Kostecke, who lives in Haile Plantation, makes comments for amending the trail route of the Archer Braid Trail away from Haile during an Alachua County Commission meeting.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9:11 p.m.

The Alachua County Commission tonight will revisit — and could reverse — its decision not to run the Archer Braid Trail through Haile Plantation.

Residents can attend the 5 p.m. public hearing to offer their opinions on an issue that has divided neighborhood residents. The meeting will be in the County Administration Building at 12 SE First St.

The Archer Braid Trail will run from the city of Archer to the University of Florida and farther.

In September, the commission approved a route that bypasses Haile to connect Archer and Tower roads directly after an unofficial vote by Haile residents opposing the trail. This option is ineligible for federal funding, however, and would cost the county about $140,000.

Commissioner Mike Byerly, who dissented along with former Commissioner Paula DeLaney in that 3-2 vote, asked to reconsider the decision because he wants to revert to a plan that would connect Archer and Tower roads via Haile Plantation by running the trail along 91st Street and 46th Boulevard. It would have cost about $750,000 in federal Department of Transportation funds, which were freed up for use elsewhere by the previous vote but are still available.

The board's decision must come today in order to give county staff time to meet the Florida Department of Transportation's March design deadline.

Byerly said he plans to vote for the Haile route, while Commissioners Susan Baird and Lee Pinkoson told The Sun they likely will vote again for the other. That leaves new Commissioners Charles "Chuck" Chestnut IV and Robert "Hutch" Hutchinson with a decision to make.

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