Joggers, bikers and other exercise enthusiasts will be happy to know that the north section of the Rinehart Trail will be completed sometime next year.

The Seminole County Commission approved a plan to spend $891,000 to complete just under a mile’s length of missing sections on the trail from County Roar 46A to just north of St. Johns Parkway (Location Map – Rinehart Trail). All but $50,000 of the project will be paid with state and federal funding.

Construction is expected to start in October and be finished in April.

Much of the Rinehart Trail was built by private sector money as subdivisions, apartment complexes, shopping centers and other commercial uses were built along the corridor. However, gaps occurred along the trail in front of undeveloped land or existing businesses. Those will now be filled in with this project.

The Rinehart Trail, adjacent to Rinehart Road, connects Lake Mary Boulevard and U.S. Highway 17-92 near the St. Johns River bridge. It is part of the Cross Seminole Trail, a 23-mile trail linking Sanford, Lake Mary, Winter Springs and Longwood. It also connects with the Seminole Wekiva Trail.

– by Dan Ping

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