City of Melbourne to Hold Southwest Trails Project Public Meeting Sept. 14 at City Hall

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The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by staff

The City of Melbourne will hold a public meeting regarding plans for the Southwest Trails project will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at Melbourne City Hall. (City of Melbourne image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The City of Melbourne will hold a public meeting regarding plans for the Southwest Trails project will be held on Tuesday, September 14, at Melbourne City Hall.

The meeting is a follow-up to feedback received from the public.

The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by staff followed by a question and answer session. Notifications will be sent out to the affected neighborhoods through the various Homeowner’s Associations (HOA’s).

The purpose of this project is to build approximately 2.0 miles of 8-foot and 10-foot-wide multi-use trail along the following three segments:

■ Trail #1: includes the removal of the existing 5-foot sidewalk on Dairy Road from Eber Road to Florida Avenue and installation of a new 8-foot concrete multi-use trail within the same limits, a distance of approximately 2,675 feet (0.51 miles).
■ Trail #2: includes the installation of a new 10-foot concrete multi-use trail, from Melbourne’s Southwest Recreation Complex to Babcock Street (in the canal right of way), a distance of approximately 3,250 feet (0.62 miles).
■ Trail #3: includes installation of a new 10-foot asphalt multi-use trail along the canal, from Florida Avenue to Burr Street, a distance of approximately 4,607 feet (0.87 miles).

The total distance for the trails is 10,532 feet (2.0 miles).

Intersection improvements include ADA curb ramp upgrades, pedestrian countdown pedestals, crosswalk striping, lighting, traffic loop replacements, and milling & resurfacing for following intersections:

■ Dairy Road/Eber Road
■ Dairy Road/Florida Avenue
■ Eber Road/Babcock Street
■ Sidewalk gap connections and RRFB crossings:

Includes installation of 6-foot sidewalks along the north side of Florida Avenue, from the Southwest Canal to Fan Palm Drive, approximately 1,277 feet. A “Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon” (RRFB) installation is proposed on Purdue Street and Florida Avenue.

Includes the installation of a 6-foot sidewalk along the north side of University Boulevard, from Leonard Weaver Boulevard to a distance of 500 feet to the west.

This improvement will include the replacement of a drainage structure to allow for the sidewalk and guiderail construction. An RRFB installation is required with a median refuge island in the center of University Boulevard.

The total distance for new sidewalks is 1,777 feet (0.33 miles). This map shows the new trail layout.

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