|Sign announcing Orchard Pond Parkway at the west end of Bannerman Rd|
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's talk about the good things. Like I said, this is a brand new road being built. Orchard Pond Parkway will run parallel to the current Orchard Pond Road (though the eastern most end starts across from Bannerman Road, it curves north to meet Orchard Pond Road), connecting Meridian Road to Old Bainbridge. The road will be approximately 5 miles long, meaning it will take less than 10
minutes to get from the northeast to the northwest, and vice versa. That is, if you're willing to pay for the convenience. Rumor has it the toll will be $1-$2. I guess if you can afford to go antiquing in Havana, you don't mind paying an extra $4 to get there and back a little quicker.
|Illustration of current and planned roads/paths|
For a while I've wished there was a bridge across Lake Jackson, making it quicker to travel back and forth between the Northwest and Northeast sides of Tallahassee. While Orchard Pond Parkway will run a bit North of Lake Jackson, it will serve the same purpose. Unfortunately, being a toll road, I will rarely if ever use it, aside from checking it out once while it's new. However, I'm always excited about new bike paths and running trails, and these should provide some nice views of nature and wildlife. So, unless they charge a toll for using the pedestrian and bike paths, I'm still pleased.
What about you? Will you use the new Orchard Pond Parkway? How about the trail?