Public comment sought on SR 24 sidewalk plan

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A workshop to discuss, answer questions about and receive public comment on a proposed sidewalk between the No. 3 and No. 4 bridges on State Road 24 will be held at the Cedar Key Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. 

The meeting is being conducted by CHW (Causseaux, Hewett, & Walpole, Inc.) Engineering of Gainesville, which is doing the engineering, surveying, planning and construction on the project. 

Funding for the project is being provided by the Florida Department of Transportation with $55,000 in funding in fiscal year 2014, another $3,000 for planning and engineering in 2015 and $443,000 for construction in 2016. The state's fiscal year begins on July 1.

Proposals and discussions in city commission meetings have been over whether to construct a concrete sidewalk, which type of railing should or should not be used, whether the route should be located on the east or west side of the road and whether it should be a trail for pedestrians and bicyclists.