Partial closure of Suncoast Trail for repairs

Part of the Suncoast Trail will be closed from Feb. 27 through March 9 for repairs and resurfacing, according to a news release from Pasco County.

The 42-mile trail winds through Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. The largest segment of nearly 22 miles is in Pasco.

A line of bike riders pedaled along the Suncoast Trail in Pasco County for a special biking event in 2011. (File)

The closure includes trail access south of State Road 52, and north of State Road 54.

The project is one of Pasco County’s Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources scheduled maintenance plans to improve the multi-use Suncoast Trail.

The resurfacing will smooth out uneven areas and address areas needing repair. The aim is to make it safer for walkers and bikers to pass each other.

Walking, biking and inline skating are allowed. The trail is wheelchair accessible.

The trail is being closed because Pasco County officials said it would unsafe to use while repairs are being made.

The trail is part of Florida’s Greenways & Trails system, and opened in 2001. It parallels the Suncoast Parkway, and goes past the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve.

The end points are the Upper Tampa Bay Trail at West Lutz-Lake Fern Road in Keystone, in Hillsborough County, and U.S. 98 at West Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Brooksville, in Hernando.

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Published February 21, 2018

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