On Saturday, November 16, the Florida Department of Transportation celebrated the grand opening of the Courtney Campbell bicycle and pedestrian trail along the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa. Gray skies and patches of rain couldn’t keep excited cyclists and joggers from braving the elements as FDOT District Seven Secretary Paul Steinman, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagen each took the podium and spoke about pedestrian safety and the importance of this project to the Bay area. “This investment is also about safety,” Steinman said. “This department has a goal to reduce pedestrian crashes and increase pedestrian safety 20 percent by 2015. It’s projects like this that help us achieve these goals.”
The trail is currently open in Hillsborough County and is 5.4 miles long and features a pedestrian friendly 12-foot wide path and a new bridge over Old Tampa Bay with scenic overlooks 45 feet over the channel. Construction is scheduled to start in January 2014 on the Pinellas side of the bay for the remaining 3.5 miles of trail, with a scheduled completion date of Summer 2015. Once completed, the entire length of the trail will be approximately nine miles with regional connections to other trails on both ends.
The Courtney Campbell Causeway is a designated Florida Scenic Highway.