Welcome to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) website for the River of Grass Greenway Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study in Collier County!
The Everglades, sometimes referred to as the “river of grass” is one of the most ecologically diverse areas in the state and one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in the south. At nearly 1.5 million acres, the Everglades provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the Florida panther. Yet most of us only see this remarkable ecosystem from our car window.
To really experience a natural area you need to leave the motorized world behind. You need to take time to listen to the sounds and breathe the scents. And while there are numerous trailheads located along US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where you can do all of that, the only way to get to them is by driving – for now.
The desire to share the experience of this unique wilderness is the inspiration behind the River of Grass Greenway. First conceived by the Naples Pathway Coalition in 2007, the River of Grass Greenway is envisioned as a hard-surfaced 10-14 foot wide corridor built in close proximity to Tamiami Trail.
The 75-mile long, world-class pathway would stretch from the Naples area to the eastern edge of Everglades National Park. It would offer unprecedented opportunities for a wide range of non-motorized activities – bicycling, bird watching, walking, fishing, photography and more. In addition to improved access, the pathway would offer the potential for environmental and cultural education – encouraging stewardship and preservation of this fragile ecosystem. In its entirety, the Greenway will connect the major cities of Naples and Miami and allow users to experience history while touring the Miccosukee Cultural Center or the Everglades National Park.
We are conducting the study to determine the feasibility and best location for a portion of the greenway along US 41 from CR 92 (San Marco Boulevard) to SR 29 (CR 29) – approximately 16 miles. This is the first segment of the River of Grass Greenway, which, in its entirety, will extend from west of CR 92 in Naples to Krome Avenue in Miami-Dade County.
The word “greenway” has been used to describe a variety of different projects. Our concept of a greenway is centered on a trail for non-motorized users, such as bicyclists and pedestrians. The proposed design will focus on providing safe and efficient transportation as well as an excellent place for recreation.
Greenways enhance our lives in many ways by:
Greenway trails offer perfect places to hike, bike, stroll, meet, talk, sit, look, picnic, play, exercise, relax, bird watch, people watch, read, skate, dog walk and soak up the sun. With clean air to breathe, nature scenes to observe, and miles upon miles to explore, the River of Grass Greenway will connect South Florida in a whole new way.
The greenway will provide limitless opportunities to connect with nature, be active, and promote a healthy environment.
Greenways function as linear parks, attracting a wide variety of visitors. Whether they’re used for cycling, skating, walking, or running – greenways encourage folks to get out and move. Getting fit and staying fit is much easier in an environment that builds physical activity into the daily routines.
South Florida is already an incredible place to visit, with outstanding museums, parks, theaters, shopping, and restaurants. Creating a unique, world-class greenway system would provide yet another reason to visit, making our region even more magnetic for tourists.
Nos importa mucho la opinión del público sobre el proyecto. Si usted tiene preguntas o comentarios, o si simplemente quisiera más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Nuestro representante, para el estudio “PD&E” de la Carretera 41, es el Sr. Marlon Bizerra, 863-519-2250, Florida Department of Transportation, 801 N. Broadway, Bartow, FL 33831, firstname.lastname@example.org.
River of Grass Greenway Project Location from CR 92 (San Marco Road) to SR 29 (CR 29) in Collier County (this PD&E Study)
River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) Schematic Map
River of Grass Greenway Project Study Area from CR 92 (San Marco Road), Collier County to Krome Avenue, Miami-Dade County