Contractors working for the City of Palatka have started repair work on the boardwalk that connects the north and south sides of the west bank of the St. Johns River, under the Memorial Bridge this week.
The boardwalk is part of the statewide Rails-to-trails system owned by the Florida Department of Transportation but maintained by the City under an operational agreement.
Florida's Rails-to-Trails program repurposes abandoned railways into recreational trails, providing opportunities for walking, biking, and other outdoor activities.
The trail that passes through Palatka is more than 50 miles long and connects Vermont Heights in St. Johns County to Lake Butler State Park in Union County.
The repairs will cost approximately $90,000 and should take between three to five weeks.
Due to safety concerns, the boardwalk will remain closed during construction. During the repairs, several parking spaces in the lot on the south side of the bridge in River Front Park will be closed.
For more information, please call City Hall at (386) 329-0100.