Jekyll rolling out new paths
Jun 28, 2012 (The Brunswick News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Jekyll Island's 25 miles of bike paths may soon be updated to connect existing trails to different parts of the island.
Plans are for bike paths in the historic district to be linked to trails on the north end of the island and stretch to Ben Fortson Parkway. The project will be funded with Special Local Option Sales Tax revenue.
Another extension will continue a trail that runs through the island's maritime forest, which will be funded by a Transportation Enhancement Grant. The segment will ultimately connect to the St. Andrews picnic area and around the south of the island.
"It's going to be an absolutely gorgeous bike path network that is needed to fill a gap. Right now, there is no specific bike bath along Riverview Drive. This will kind of fill that gap," said Eric Garvey, chief communications officer for the Jekyll Island Authority, which operates the state park.
The authority has applied for a Coastal Marshlands Protections Act permit to construct and maintain bridges over marshlands that will serve as both biking and pedestrian paths along Riverview Drive.
"Riding bikes on Jekyll Island is a very popular activity," Garvey said. "We, fortunately, have already a good network that can get people to some areas that they can't get to by car."
As work is completed, crews will also rehabilitate some bike paths that are in need of repair.
Another bike path project is planned for the Downing Musgrove Causeway and will tie into the Island Hopper Trail that will eventually connect St. Marys in Camden County to Savannah.
"The ultimate goal is to have a complete network that ties in the greater East Coast Greenway trail system," Garvey said.
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