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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The Coast-to-Coast Connector is one step closer to reality after Governor Rick Scott announced Monday almost $16 million in funding for projects related to the multi-use trail.

The money, provided by the Department of Transportation, will fund 11 new projects that will form the 250-mile trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic.

Three of the projects are in the Bay area: one each in Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

The new funding is in addition to the more than $26 million that has been invested by FDOT for the connector project over the next five years. An estimated 75 percent of the trail corridor is already developed and open to the public or funded for construction.

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"With the projects announced today, we will be moving forward this year on virtually every gap within the Coast to Coast Connector," said FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad. "FDOT is pleased to play such an instrumental role with our state and local partners to help advance this ambitious trail project. It will provide an exceptional experience and safe transportation route for our residents and visitors."

Brevard County

• Brevard Co. Line to Aurantia Rd - $5.6 million

• Canaveral Ave to Max Brewer Causeway and Max Brewer Causeway to Atlantic Ocean - $100,000

Hernando County

• Suncoast Trail to existing Good Neighbor Trail - $1 million

Lake County

• SR 33 to Silver Eagle Rd - $1.5 million

Lake/Sumter County

• Van Fleet State Trail to Villa City Rd - $1.3 million

Orange County

• Seg 1 ‐ Hiawassee Rd to Pine Hills Rd - $530,000

• Seg 2 ‐ Clarcona‐Ocoee Rd to Seminole Co. Line - $1.1 million

Pasco County

• Pinellas/Pasco Co. Line to North of SR 54 - $460,000

Pinellas County

• East Lake Rd/Keystone Rd intersection to the Pinellas/Pasco Co. Line - $3.9 million

Seminole/ Volusia County

• Wayside Park over US 17/92 Bridge and US 17/92 Bridge over Spring to Spring Trail - $100,000

Sumter County

• Withlacoochee State Trail to Van Fleet State Trail - $350,000

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