The Legacy Trail, which opened in 2008, provides a safe, recreational trail for walking, bicycling and running. Work is underway to extend the trail and enhance connectivity from the City of North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota.


On April 10, the Sarasota County Commission added the Legacy Trail extension project to the county's fiscal year 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program. The commission also amended the fiscal year 2019 budget to appropriate approximately $37 million in funding for the project.

In an effort to complete the Legacy Trail extension project expeditiously, Sarasota County asked the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to replace the Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program funding of the extension from Culverhouse Nature Park to Ashton Road with the construction of pedestrian overpasses at both Bee Ridge and Clark roads. FDOT has approved this change and will perform the design, construction and bidding of these two overpasses. FDOT has made the official change to the work program.

Sarasota County acquired the rail corridor on June 27. In May, the Surface Transportation Board approved the county’s request for interim trail use. This will allow the county to use the railroad corridor as a trail.

On June 5, the Sarasota County Commission authorized the county administrator to execute a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates for the design and engineering of the Legacy Trail extension project. Thirty percent plans of the first segment were completed in September and 100 percent completed in March 2020.

On Sept. 10, the Sarasota County Commission approved an agreement with Jon F. Swift, Inc. as the project's construction manager. Jon F. Swift has started working with Kimley-Horn and Associates as well as county staff to bring this project to the community.

Survey crews are out along the corridor for the Legacy Trail Extension Project completing elevation surveys.

The railroad company continues to remove the railroad tracks along the corridor.

(as of Oct. 23, 2019)

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