The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One began a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study in April 2017 to determine the location and conceptual design of the Old Dixie Trail (ODT). This trail will connect the trailheads of the Auburndale-TECO Trail and the Haines City Trail, for a distance of approximately 12 miles.
The Old Dixie Trail PD&E Study is intended to provide regional connectivity that will offer recreational and economic development benefits. The ODT also offers connections to the Lake Alfred Trail and the Chain of Lakes Trail, as well as other planned future trails.
FDOT held an alternatives public workshop for the Old Dixie Trail Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study. FDOT offered two ways for the public to participate in the public workshop. The virtual public workshop was held on September 16, 2021 and the in-person public workshop was held in the Lake Alfred Lions Club at 175 N. Nekoma Avenue, Lake Alfred on September 23, 2021. The workshop provided the opportunity for the public to offer feedback on the proposed alternatives for the official workshop record through October 7, 2021.
FDOT held a public workshop during the Feasibility Phase on Tuesday December 5, 2017 from 5 pm - 7pm at the Lake Alfred Lions Club.
An important component of the PD&E process is public involvement. This includes coordination with stakeholders. Stakeholders are everyone who may have any interest, directly or indirectly, in the Alternatives Analysis. Stakeholders include all pertinent individuals, governmental agencies and jurisdictions, public and private entities and agencies (civic, social, groups etc.), businesses, and transit agencies.
At the onset of the project the study team identified stakeholders in and adjacent to the study area, including governmental agencies, advocacy groups, businesses, and residential communities, representing a well-diversified group. Initial Stakeholder interviews were held with the City of Auburndale, City of Haines City, City of Winter Haven, Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing/Visit Central Florida, Polk Transportation Planning Organization, Bike Florida, Inc., Florida Trail Association (Heartland Chapter), Winter Haven Airport and The Bike Shop of Winter Haven. The study team will continue to meet with the stakeholders throughout the project to present the study overview, schedule, and study process and progress.
An Old Dixie Trail Stakeholders Kick-off Meeting was held on Thursday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Winter Haven Airport conference room. Attendees consisted of 17 stakeholders from local agencies.
Click here to view presentation from Stakeholders Meeting - June 28, 2017
Click here to view handout from Stakeholders Meeting – June 28, 2017
FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status