One of several existing bridges that
the trail will utilize.
Florida Overseas Heritage Trail
Even as the Overseas Heritage Master Plan is being developed, the county has been working diligently to build trail segments where citizens have expressed a need. Since 1994, the county has been requesting enhancement funding from the Florida Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT) to help build the trail.
In response to requests from on-road cyclists, DOT also agreed to construct paved shoulders for a designated bicycle lane along County Road 905 in North Key Largo. The bicycle lane is scheduled for construction this year. Monroe County originally requested a separated path; however, environmental agencies deemed the area surrounding North Key Largo Hammocks and the Crocodile Refuge too sensitive. A less intensive design was developed to protect the endangered species and to support the environmental protection objectives of the area. Based on comments received at a recent trail workshop in Key Largo, Monroe County believes that this bicycle lane will be a vital connection to the Overseas Heritage Trail.
The new trail projects (except for 905) usually include a separated, multiple use, paved trail along the US 1 right of way. Project designs may evolve over time based on environmental impacts, master plan recommendations, engineering constraints, and available funding.
Below is a brief summary of project statistics that are currently programmed for design and construction.
||Key Haven to Big Coppitt Key
||Big Coppitt to Bay Point Park
||Bay Point to Sugarloaf Key
||Sugarloaf to Summerland Key
||Summerland to Bahia Honda
||Bahia Honda to Little Duck Key
||Sunset Point Trailhead
||Fat Deer Key to Grassy Key
||Grassy Key to Long Key
||Long Key to Annes Beach
||Total Available Funding