These are the three proposed North Port Connector options.

The South Powerline Trail has been upgraded and is open for recreational use.  The surface is hard packed gravel.  It is recommended that your bicycle has 1.5" wide tires.  Suspension is not necessary but it does make for a smoother ride. Be prepared because you are on your own out there.  Take your phone, water, a snack and be prepared to fix a flat if necessary.  The surface is very forgiving and flats are rare but it can be a long walk back to the parking area.  The current road connection to the Legacy Trail (shown in purple) is paved and open to the "rock pile"  Route 2 indicated by the yellow dots is 3.5 miles of hard packed gravel to a low water crossing and then beyond to to US41.