The Sanford RiverWalk, a multi-use pedestrian trail and destination for many recreational enthusiasts, is enjoyed by both residents and visitors of Sanford. The RiverWalk is a planned multi-use trail, nearly 5-miles long, located in the City of Sanford, on the southern shore of Lake Monroe. The project has received many awards, most notably the International Making Cites Livable award in 2009, for urban designed trails.
What started out in 1995 as an application for a simple sidewalk project along Lake Monroe, quickly grew in scope. The RiverWalk was initially planned in two phases; however, a third phase became apparent, due to the roadway and seawall construction and roadway jurisdictional transfer of U.S. 17/92 from the Florida Department of Transportation to the City. Additionally, the roads’ speed limit was lowered from 55 mph to 35 mph, clearing the path to start a Phase 3 roadway and trail project.
Phase I was completed in 2004 at a cost of $13M, spanning 1.2 miles east to west from Mellonville Avenue to French Avenue. Phase II was completed in 2018 at a cost of $11M and runs from French Avenue to Mangoustine Avenue.
Phase III, approximately 3.4 miles long currently under construction, will complete the Sanford RiverWalk. The recently built seawall portion constructed at a cost of $13M serves as the necessary supporting framework for the final trail and roadway portion of the project, which is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2021.
Phase 3 will include an improved roadway with added roundabouts, trails, lighting, landscaping and most importantly, the seawall (already built in 2019) needed to prevent damage to the roadway by its close proximity to Lake Monroe.
Once Phase 3 is complete, this final segment will connect the RiverWalk and many Central Florida communities to the 210-mile Florida Coast-to-Coast (C2C) trail, from St. Petersburg to the Space Coast. The Sanford RiverWalk will also complete the 26-mile loop around Lake Monroe made up of many beautiful scenic roads and trails.
The City of Sanford RiverWalk is funded through Federal, State and local partners in the form of grants, federal funds and referendum sales tax revenues.
First Phase of RiverWalk Road and Trail Project Begins April 20, 2020
The first phase road closure of the RiverWalk Road and Trail Project will begin with the construction of the roundabout located at the Central Florida Zoo entrance. Seminole Boulevard will be open to zoo traffic only from 17-92/CR15.
Seminole Boulevard Road Closure Information
Seminole Boulevard will be closed to through traffic from Mangoustine Avenue to Walnut Crest Run with access for local traffic only. This sequence of work should take approximately 6 weeks to complete.
Due to the high volume of cut-through traffic on Riverview Avenue, Oak Drive will be closed at Seminole Boulevard for the duration of the project.
The total bid price for this phase is $12,045,287.37.
The city of Sanford has been planning this project since 2001. The city has been constructing the Riverwalk in phases with funding from the One Cent Sales tax along with grants from Seminole County and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). This project was envisioned many years ago as a revitalization to attract people from all around and to make Sanford a destination to live, work and recreate.
The project will include a multi-use trail with decorative lighting and amenities such as benches and overlooks of Lake Monroe. The roadway will consist of 4 new decorative roundabouts, raised crosswalks, land/hardscape and new decorative roadway lighting.
The project scope is approximately 3 miles in length starting at SR46 (West First Street) and continuing along the lakefront to 17-92/CR46 (Old Monroe Road)
During construction, there may be as many as 50 different workers on the project from all different trades.
The project has a contract time for 515 days to completion. That time started on April 6, 2020.