The Clearwater East-West Trail provides important 13-mile regional connection that link Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. When complete, the trail will connect with two primary north-south trails in Pinellas County, Florida.
The trail is designed to take advantage of publicly owned property, easements and rights-of-way to provide a safe, non-motorized, multiple use pathway. After the trail is complete, it will connect many economically diverse neighborhoods and encompass more than 20 parks, recreation and educational facilities. The trail affords many opportunities for active living and serves as a valuable commuter route for school children and area employees.
The Clearwater East-West Trail has many design innovations that add to its attractiveness. The 15-foot wide asphalt pathway has 6-inch concrete ribbon edges that minimize grass intrusion and asphaltic erosion. The Trail will link two bridges - the Memorial Causeway Bridge and the Mandalay Channel Bridge. The Causeway Bridge has a separate 12-foot non-motorized pathway that will be vertically separated from the motor vehicle lane and will have viewpoints and rest areas. The Channel Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge similar in design to the famous Skyway Bridge south of St. Petersburg, Florida.