Jekyll Island to build bike path with federal grant
June 7, 2011
By Mike Morrison
BRUNSWICK — A $250,000 federal grant will enable the Jekyll Island Authority to extend a bicycle path the entire length of the causeway leading from the state park to U.S. 17.
Authority Executive Director Jones Hooks said the grant money will pay for approximately five miles of path stretching from the welcome center to the highway. A path on the two miles from the welcome center to the island is included in the island's ongoing revitalization effort. The welcome center and a state patrol post are in a building on a spot of land on the north side of the causeway.
Hooks said he was notified last week that the island had received the funding through a federal Transportation Enhancement grant. These grants are awarded for projects involving trails for pedestrians and bicyclists, streetscapes and historic preservation of transportation facilities.
"We'll be coordinating this with the construction we have taking place now in terms of the new entrance to Jekyll Island," he said.
That includes a major change to the way automobiles pass onto the island, he said. Currently, visitors pay a parking fee at a booth located on the island just beyond the Jekyll Creek bridge. The booth will be moved to the vicinity of the welcome center.
Hooks said design work on the bicycle path extension must be completed before work is begun in late summer.
The causeway path will link Jekyll's extensive system of paths to the Coastal Georgia Greenway, a multiuse trail that eventually will stretch from South Carolina to Florida.
"This is an important enhancement for our tourism industry," Hooks said.