Campground to Help Pay for Roadwork
With the help of private funding from High Springs Campground Manager Jason Outler, Alachua County, Fla., has decided to pursue the surface treatment of a half-mile of historic Old Bellamy Road, according to a presentation made by County Engineer Dave Cerlanek at the Aug. 12 Alachua County Commission meeting.
The road in north Florida is the first federal highway in the state and ends in about three miles of hiking trails in O’Leno State Park.
After several months of discussion, the commission voted in favor of negotiating a contract with Outler on the resurfacing of the road, according to the High Springs (Fla.) Herald. In exchange for the private funding, the project will be moved up from 2011 to 2009, according to the presentation.
In addition to the decision to negotiate with Outler, the commissioners also said they were in favor of the possibility of accepting private funding from residents wishing to resurface roads in the future.
John Bellamy, a plantation owner at Monticello, originally constructed old Bellamy Road in 1824 for $20,000 after being commissioned by the Territorial Council. Old Bellamy Road was used as a major highway until the Civil War, creating a pathway from St. Augustine to Pensacola.